In Austin, one University of Texas student was fatally stabbed and three others were injured. The stabbings took place Monday afternoon. Authorities said a fellow student has been taken into custody in connection with the stabbings.
Kendrex J. White, 21, has been identified by Austin police as the suspect. According to White’s Facebook page, he graduated from Killeen High School in 2014, reports the Dallas News.
Harrison Brown has been identified as the victim, in this case, the other students attacked suffered non-life-threatening injuries, their identities have not been revealed.
According to the Graham Independent School District in north Texas, Brown was 19 and graduated in 2016, They called Brown an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was a junior majoring in Biology at Austin’s UT.
Austin police said they arrived at the University of Texas around 1:50 p.m. An officer was on site within 2 minutes of receiving calls to 911.When the officer arrived at UT he spotted the suspect walking away from one of the stabbing victims, reports ABC News.
White was armed with a Bowie-style hunting knife. When an officer ordered White to drop to the ground he followed directions and was taken into custody.
Rachel Prichett, a freshman at UT, told local media that she was standing in line at the food truck when she heard people scream. She says she looked back and saw a man walking calmly carrying a machete-like knife. She saw him walk up to a guy, grab him by his shoulder and stab him in the back. Prichett screamed and ran away, reports the Statesman.
Prichett said as she was running away, she passed a table and saw another man slumped over the table covered in blood. Austin authorities said White’s motivation for stabbing these four victims is unknown at this time. Before being taken into custody White stabbed four male students within a one block radius. It is unknown if the four victims had any connection to each other.
White’s friends said he was an active volunteer in several organizations on the Austin, Texas campus. Chris Crawford, a senior at UT told local media that he worked with White at the organization Real Role Models, which is an organization that provides mentorship.
Crawford said White was deeply involved in the organization and was at every meeting. He says White never appeared to be angry or sad. Korbin Springer, a junior, had a class with White and said he was the “nicest guy” who was always smiling.
Reportedly, White had recently missed a month of Spanish class. His fellow classmates said that was unusual. When White returned, he said he had been in an accident caused by a seizure. In April, he was arrested for driving under the influence.
On Monday, Gregory Fenves, the president of UT, advised students to call home and let their families know that they were safe. The Austin stabbings are still under investigation.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Austin Police