PASCO, Wash — Authorities have identified a school bus driver in eastern Washington who was stabbed on Friday in front of a busload of elementary children.
The Tri-City Herald reports 72-year-old Richard Lenhart was picking up students at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco as classes were letting out when a man boarded his bus and stabbed him. Lenhart died at a hospital.
A police spokesperson said the assailant stayed at the school and cooperated during his arrest.
The Pasco Police Department said Monday that 34-year-old Joshua D. Davis of Richland was arrested and he's in Franklin County Jail on investigation of murder. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney to comment on his behalf.
“My heart is broken for the Pasco School District (PSD) community after the loss of one of their own last week. Richard Lenhart was a beloved member of the PSD community for many years, and my heart goes out to his family, colleagues, and students as they navigate this immense loss,” Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said in a statement.
Reykdal said PSD Superintendent Michelle Whitney is working with police to "understand what led to this unbelievable tragedy.”
Counselors and other support are being provided for students and Lenhart’s colleagues.
"Richard served his community with kindness and integrity for many years, and I know all of Washington joins me in sending love and support to the PSD family," said Reykdal.