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Professor's Homicide Temporarily Shuts Down University in Mississippi


September 15, 2015
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Found on  Delta State University's school website is a picture of fellow professors Ethan Schmidt and Shannon side by side, smiling at a 2013 holiday party. That same year, Schmidt mentioned Lamb in the acknowledgements of his book Native Americans in the American Revolution. Now, both professors are dead after Dr. Schmidt was shot in his office at Delta State Monday morning and suspect Lamb died from a self-inflicted wound while evading police, stating he's not going to jail. Lamb was also a suspect in the earlier homicide of his domestic partner Amy Prentiss, at their home roughly 300 miles south of Delta State. Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham claims there is no known motive at the time being - Lamb allegedly believed Prentiss was romantically involved with Schmidt but there is no current evidence of a love triangle.

Found on Delta State University's school website is a picture of fellow professors Ethan Schmidt and Shannon side by side, smiling at a 2013 holiday party. That same year, Schmidt mentioned Lamb in the acknowledgements of his book "Native Americans in the American Revolution." Now, both professors are dead after Dr. Schmidt was shot in his office at Delta State Monday morning and suspect Lamb died from a self-inflicted wound while evading police, stating he's "not going to jail." Lamb was also a suspect in the earlier homicide of his domestic partner Amy Prentiss, at their home roughly 300 miles south of Delta State. Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham claims there is no known motive at the time being - Lamb allegedly believed Prentiss was romantically involved with Schmidt but there is no current evidence of a love triangle.

The manhunt for Lamb continued throughout the day Monday and ended when police had spotted Lamb exiting his vehicle and fleeing into the woods. After hearing a single gunshot ring, police found Lamb's body with a gunshot wound to the head. Up until this time, Delta University and all local schools were sent into lockdown, urging students and faculty members to remain indoors and away from windows.

Lamb received his doctorate in education from Delta State University in 2015 and had worked at the university since 2009, teaching geography and education courses. Schmidt received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in Colonial America and Indigenous people and specialized in American history. According to the university's president, Schmidt was a "star" of the faculty. Schmidt is lauded for being one of the "brightest students" at his alma mater, Emporia State, and was "on the road to being one of the great scholars of American history."

The campus lockdown was lifted late Monday, and Tuesday classes were cancelled in order to hold a vigil in honor of the staff member's death.

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Li T  on  9/22/2015 4:18:05 PM commented:

My prayers go to everyone related. Family, coworkers, friends, students... I wish you all the strength at the moment.

Rodrigo C.S  on  9/20/2015 8:53:16 PM commented:

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Makalea G  on  9/20/2015 6:09:29 PM commented:

Prayers to everyone involved!

Danielle H  on  9/20/2015 10:16:57 AM commented:

I'll never understand what drives an individual to do something like that, not knowing how many people they are going to hurt in doing so. This just shows that there was some sort of internal conflict between Schmidt and possibly other staff members. But it got to the point that it drove a beloved teacher to take his life, and for that I'm truly sorry. I hope everyone is ok and no one else got hurt and I send my best wishes to those who were close with Schmidt and the ones who are now in a better place.

Briahja J  on  9/19/2015 4:20:32 PM commented:

this is a very upsetting crime and i feel like it is unusual that a person could just take someone's life away just of their suspicions, it's really crazy

Trevor H.  on  9/18/2015 8:05:31 AM commented:

Prayers to the families and friends most affected by this event.

Julia S  on  9/17/2015 9:37:12 PM commented:

It's crazy to think that some people have the mental capacity to take another person's life. It's also crazy to realize that it's in our nature as animals, an instinct to survive. No matter how much we strive to teach our children, tragedies such as this will continue happening and possibly forever. People tend to refuse to see the truth because sometimes the truth is so hard to believe that we end up not believing it. We learn to deal with the pain and move forward, but never forget. As the faculty, students, and family deal with this horrible loss, I'll be praying for them.

Brandon R  on  9/17/2015 4:28:16 AM commented:

The world is a scary place at times but media and news make murders look almost like the norm. I wrote a research paper on "Propaganda and American media". These acts of treason to our own humanity are almost unpredictable as to why or when a person would commit such violence, unfortunately. The only conclusion I can come to is to never be in the position of possibly provoking someone so drastically, because we don't know where their mind resides and how they think. It is truely tragic of this happening and I hope they can rest. Our high school was shut down for 5 days last year because of a man that sniped 2 state police officers leaving the station, so it is very scary and mostly not preventable.

Kaitlyn W  on  9/16/2015 7:52:37 PM commented:

Praying for the University and those families affected by this.

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Praying for those who have lost a loved one. Being able to receive this scholarship would be very beneficial to my future as I plan to attend a 4 year university.

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Im praying for the family, coworkers, students, and others associated with these people.

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Praying for the University, faculty, students, and everyone who lives in the area.

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I am glad to be going to school online! I am praying for the family and student.

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