Lorena ISD, Canyon ISD release statement on suspected Odessa mass shooter


(KWKT/KAMAR/KCIT) — Lorena ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Kucera released a statement Tuesday morning concerning the deadly massing shooting in Odessa and Midland.

The suspected shooter, Seth Ator, killed 7 people and wounded more than 20 others. Police say the shooting started when DPS Troopers stopped Ator for a traffic violation.

In Dr. Kucera’s statement, he says the hearts and prayers of the men and women of Lorena ISD go out to the victims and their families of the tragedy.

The statement also says that Ator did not actually graduate from Lorena High. Instead, he dropped out in November of 2000 and took a GED program.

Below is the full statement:

Lorena ISD can confirm Seth Aaron Ator attended Lorena Independent School District between the years of January 1995 and November of 2000.  School District records indicate Ator was in the 2001 graduating cohort, but did not graduate from Lorena High School.  Ator moved several times between Canyon ISD in Amarillo and Lorena ISD during this time frame.  Lorena ISD records show Ator withdrew from Lorena High School in November of 2000 to enroll in a GED program.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the tragedy in Odessa.   

Joe Kucera, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Lorena ISD

Canyon ISD released a statement saying:

Canyon ISD can confirm that Seth Ator attended Canyon ISD for less than 5 months during his high school years.  Canyon ISD would like to give our deepest sympathies and prayers to the victims, their families and the community of this tragic event.   

April McDaniel, Coordinator of District Communication
Canyon ISD

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