UT STABBING: 'This was not a vendetta,' UT police chief says; suspect charged with murder


10:50 a.m. update: University of Texas officials say an on-campus stabbing attack Monday was not a “vendetta” against specific groups and may have been a result of the suspect’s mental health issues.

In a briefing for the public Tuesday about the incident, UT President Gregory L. Fenves also confirmed the name of the student killed in the attack as Harrison Brown.

Fenves said he had met with Brown’s family, saying “we are all in mourning.”

He acknowledged that the incident, coming only a year after the slaying of freshman Haruka Weiser, has increased tensions on campus.

“We have lots of emotions, including fear and distrust,” Fenves said. “I’m hurt and I’m angry that our campus has seen these tragedies with two of our students.”

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University Police Chief David Carter offered additional details about the attack.

Carter, who appeared to become emotional while recounting the attack, said the suspect, 21-year-old UT student Kendrex J. White, had attacked other students as he walked toward the scene of the fatal stabbing near Gregory Gym.

“We have reason to believe this individual was suffering from mental health issues,” Carter said. “Recently, he was involuntarily committed in another city and was released.”

However, Carter did not provide specifics as to where.

Three students were hospitalized Monday; two have since been released from the hospital but one remains at University Medical Center Brackenridge, Fenves said.

Carter said university police responded within two minutes of the first call. 

 “It is likely that rapid response by UTPD saved the lives of additional students,” he said.

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Carter also said that his investigators have no information that the attack was targeting fraternities or any other group.

“This was not a vendetta against targeted groups,” he said.

Austin police interim Chief Brian Manley, who joined Carter at the briefing, echoed Carter’s assessment.

He also said White has been charged with murder.

A second stabbing attack had been reported in the West Campus area, near 26th and Nueces streets, later in the evening Monday, but Manley sought to clarify that the second incident was not related to the earlier attack on campus.

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Fenves said a memorial gathering is planned for later this week. The UT Tower will be darkened for the event.

Brown, a first-year student, had considered studying economics and was a talented musican who also wanted to study in the school of music, the UT president said.  

“His family and our community will never be able to hear Harrison play again,” Fenves said. “For this, our hearts are breaking.”

 

Earlier: University of Texas officials are scheduled to brief the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday about the latest developments in the investigation into a stabbing attack on campus that left one student is dead and three others injured.

The American-Statesman will have live video from the briefing on its Facebook page.

UT Police Chief David Carter identified the suspect in the Monday attack as 21-year-old UT student Kendrex J. White, a biology major from Killeen. 

Police responded around 1:30 p.m. about a person with a knife who attacked or assaulted someone outside Gregory Gym.

A UT police officer saw a man, later identified as White, with a “large, bowie-style hunting knife,” Carter said. The officer drew his gun and told White  to get on the ground, which he did, and police took him into custody.

Within about a block, three more people were found stabbed, Carter said.


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