Orangefield teacher’s murder stuns community
There have been no new developments in the Sunday shooting death of Orangefield Junior High teacher, Staci Lisenby. The shooting happened in Lisenby’s home at 2478 Oilla Road in Orangefield around 6 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Lisenby and her 14-year-old son, Tyler were the only ones at home when the shooting occurred. Tyler called 9-1-1 and told officers an intruder shot his mother then fled.
When Orange County Sheriff’s Officers arrived, Lisenby was found in the kitchen with a gunshot to the back of the head.
According to Det. Chad Hogan with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, investigators spoke with the 14-year-old son. With information from Tyler, investigators began canvassing the neighborhood and speaking to neighbors. The Beaumont Police Department K-9 Unit also responded to the scene with their bloodhounds, searching the surrounding woods and area.
Lisenby was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont by Air Ambulance. She was treated upon arrival and transferred to the Neo ICU Unit. Monday afternoon, she succumbed to her injuries.
Orangefield ISD Superintendent Philip Welch spoke to The Record Tuesday about how the students were handling the situation. “They’re doing well considering, yesterday it was like, okay, we have this teacher who’s been shot. Some of [the students] wrote get well cards.” Everyone thought she would be back in a period of time. “At the end of school [Monday], we found out she had passed away,” said Welch. “Today, it was like… starting over.” Counselors from other schools have come to help students deal with the trauma. “Yesterday they were dealing with a different type of situation than she wasn’t ever going to come back.”
Welch also said, “Mrs. Lisenby was the epitome of what a teacher should be, while visiting with her sixth grade students on Monday, students relayed the following: She believed in us, she trusted us, she listened to us, she cared for us, we were important. As superintendent, while on the junior high campus, I would always notice Mrs. Lisenby at the doorway to her classroom, shaking hands and welcoming students to the class. OISD has lost a great teacher and employee.”
A press release from the school on Monday stated Lisenby was a 1983 graduate of Orangefield High School. She had been employed with Orangefield ISD since the 2005-2006 school year. She was the 2010 Teacher of the Year at the junior high. “She is a natural educator and finds the positive in every student,” it stated.
If anyone has any information, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s department at 409-670-4125.
At press time arrangements were still pending, because the body had not been released by the coroner. Sources from the superintendents office said visitation will likely be Thursday with funeral Friday, or visitation on Friday and funeral on Saturday. It is not known yet which funeral home will hold services.
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