Murdered professor a Peabody native

The professor killed at Delta State University in Mississippi on Monday has been identified as Peabody native Ethan A. Schmidt.

According to an online report by the Wichita Eagle, Schmidt was in his office on campus when he was killed at about 10:30 a.m.

According to the The Eagle report, Schmidt directed the first-year seminar program and specialized in Native Ameri?can and colonial history.

Cleveland Police Chief Charles ?Buster? Bingham said during a news conference that authorities have identified Shannon Lamb, a university employee, as a ?person of interest? in the shooting.

Ron Trax?son, superintendent for Peabody-Burns district schools, told The Eagle Schmidt?s parents still live in Peabody.

Schmidt was one of the 32 members of the Class of 1994 at Peabody-Burns High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.

He was about to turn 40 years old.

Traxson said Schmidt was planning on a return to his hometown around Thanksgiving and was going to speak to fourth-grade students about his knowledge of Plains Indians.

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