EMPORIA (KSNT) – The sidewalk leading to the Phi Delta Theta front door was lined with candlelight Tuesday night.
Approximately 50 people came to a vigil honoring Ethan Schmidt. Schmidt, an alumnus of Emporia State University and a professor at Delta State University, was shot and killed Monday by a colleague in Mississippi.
Students and staff came to the 30 minute vigil outside of the fraternity where Schmidt once lived.
The vigil started with a prayer, was filled with remembrances, and ended with the attendees singing “Amazing Grace.”
Spenser Johnson, a Phi Delta Theta fraternity member and organizer of the vigil, was working with Schmidt on an upcoming project about the fraternity.
“Ethan was a great brother, a great teacher, a great community member,” Johnson said. “He’s missed in both Mississippi and Emporia.”
Schmidt completed his graduate studies at the University of Kansas.
“It’s sad. We definitely miss him. We know he’s teaching the kids upstairs,” Johnson said.