SUPERIOR, NEBRASKA, US — The Nebraska State Patrol has identified the victims of a shooting that occurred last week at an Agrex Inc. grain elevator in Superior, Nebraska.
Sandra Nelson, 60, of Formosa, Kansas, US, and Darin Koepke, 53, of Hadar, Nebraska, US, were killed on Oct. 21 when 61-year-old co-worker Max Hoskinson opened fire after being terminated from his position with the company earlier that day.
During the incident, an employee grabbed a shotgun in the office and shot Hoskinson, who also died after being transported to a local hospital, the State Patrol said. A third person who was shot by Hoskinson was wounded but survived the incident, according to the State Patrol.
Agrex, which is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, US, posted a statement on its website on Oct. 22.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our co-workers and their families affected by this incident,” Agrex said. “At this time, the incident is being investigated, and therefore we are not able to offer any further comments.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said the State Patrol would lead the investigation.
“The news of the attack on Agrex Elevator in Superior is shocking and devastating,” he said. “Susanne and I are praying for the victims of the attack.”
Hoskinson was listed as the chief grain merchandiser at the elevator in Superior in Sosland Publishing Company’s 2022 Grain & Milling Annual. The Agrex facility has total grain storage capacity of 3.65 million tonnes. The corn and soybean harvests are currently in full swing in Nebraska.
A candlelight vigil was held on Oct. 24 in Superior, a town of 1,600 people located in south-central Nebraska near the Kansas border.
Agrex ranks 82nd in North America in total grain storage capacity with a combined total of 13.8 million tonnes at its four facilities, according to the Grain & Milling Annual.