Suspect in Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old Texas Girl Allegedly Said He'd Been 'Talking to the Devil About It'
Lott allegedly told authorities he had a conversation with the devil before he shot the two girls
Kody Lott, the Texas man who allegedly confessed to shooting two teens, one fatally, as they walked home from school last Friday, allegedly told authorities he did so “after talking to the devil about it,” according to new court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Police say Lott, 20, allegedly fatally shot Lauren Landavazo and wounded her friend Makayla Smith in an alleyway in Wichita Falls. Makayla is in stable condition, Sgt. Harold McClure of the Wichita Falls police tells PEOPLE.
Lott was at large for two days, but on Sunday, he was pulled over following a citizen tip when his vehicle matched the suspect’s description, police have said. During questioning, he allegedly confessed to the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.
In his confession, Lott allegedly told authorities he shot the two girls because he was attracted to Lauren and was mad he didn’t have a girlfriend, according to the affidavit.
“Kody stated he shot at Lauren first and then shot Makayla ‘a couple of times’ before moving back to Lauren to finish her off,” the affidavit states.
“Kody stated he planned the events and was upset the local media called the incident ‘senseless’,” the affidavit continues. “[He] stated the incident wasn’t senseless because he planned and thought it out after talking to the devil about it.”
Makayla was able to speak to police from her hospital bed, according to the affidavit. She said on Friday afternoon after school, she and Lauren were walking through an alleyway to their houses when a vehicle stopped on the road in front of them. The driver of the car, later allegedly identified as Lott, made eye contact with Makayla before reaching over to the passenger seat and pulling out a rifle-type firearm, the affidavit alleges.
When Lott allegedly began shooting, Makayla panicked and ran away, the affidavit states.
“[When] she looked back [she] saw Lauren laying on the ground by the roadway,” the affidavit states. “Makayla stated she kept running as the vehicle left the area.”
‘She Was a Ray of Sunshine’
Lauren will be laid to rest on Thursday during a funeral service at a local church. Her family has also organized a visitation for Wednesday evening, a funeral home spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
Family friend Kenya Daughtry described Lauren to PEOPLE as “a ray of sunshine.” Daughtry added, “She was always, always happy.”
Daughtry says Lauren enjoyed walking home from school every day with friends.
“Lauren absolutely loved it,” Daughtry says. “It was only three blocks, they could be home in less than 5 minutes but it took them 20 because they were talking and giggling with friends [along the way].”
Daughtry adds, “She wanted to cheer people up and make them happy. That was her thing.”
Lauren’s middle school, McNiel Junior High, has cancelled its after school activities so students, teachers and faculty can attend the service Thursday evening.
“We want to allow as many kids as possible to attend,” Wichita Falls Superintendent Michael Kuhrt tells PEOPLE. “In our community it’s big a part of the healing process.”
Lott is currently in the Wichita County Jail on $4 million bail, charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon, authorities tell PEOPLE. He has not yet entered a plea and he has put in an application for a public defender, authorities say.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help cover costs of Lauren’s funeral.