Man admits to killing 13-year-old walking home from school

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Bond is expected to be set at $4 million for the man Wichita Falls police said admitted to shooting and killing one 13-year-old girl and injuring another Friday.

Kody Lott, 20, is charged with murder, aggravated assault, and a prohibited weapons charge. He was arrested Sunday afternoon after WFPD received a tip about a man matching the suspect’s description.

Police say during a search of Lott’s vehicle, they found brass knuckles, which are illegal. An apartment in Fountaingate was later searched and residents there placed on lockdown while officers removed items and towed a vehicle.

While in police custody officers said Lott gave a statement admitting to the shootings that happened Friday afternoon. Thirteen-year-old Makayla Smith and 13-year-old Lauren Landavazo were walking home from school between Kingston Drive and Tower.

Police said Lott pulled up alongside them in a truck and opened fire killing Landavazo. Smith was taken to the hospital in “guarded” condition, but now family members say she is making a full recovery.

Flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and notes mark the entrance to the school where Lauren attended. Community members and friends have also set up a memorial on Trinidad and Tower Drive near the area where she was shot walking home from school.

Throughout the coming week, several benefits are planned for the Landavazo and Smith families.

Wichita falls students will have access to grief counselors starting Tuesday to help deal with the aftermath of Friday’s events.

“Tomorrow is going to be a tough day for students and staff members and parents throughout the district,” Michael Kuhrt, WFISD Superintendent, said. “But i am confident we are ready for students to come back to school.”

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