Suspect in Texas stabbings had mental health trouble

Patrice Gainsbourg
Mai 9, 2017

A student was taken into custody after fatally stabbing a fellow student and injuring three others at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Economics senior Ray Arredondo said he saw swarms of people screaming and running from the epicentre of Monday's attack, a plaza in one of the busiest parts of the large campus.

The student who was fatally stabbed was identified as freshman Harrison Brown.

Lori Brown told the television station KXAN that she had talked with her son on the phone a few minutes earlier and he told her he had just played basketball and was headed to a food truck.

As police continued to gather evidence, he said he still feels safe. He did not resist when police officers confronted him at gunpoint.

"It is hard to comprehend that in 50 years there had never been a violent murder on our campus, and to have two in one year is simply unexplainable", Fenves said. The arrest affidavit reveals that White got into a auto crash for failing to yield the right of way when he turned at the corner of Whitis and Dean Keeton.

"This breaks my heart to have to announce this, that any of our students are touched by tragedy", Greg Fenves, the university's president said at a news conference.

The Associated Press reports the man, Kendrex J. White, had previously been involuntarily committed for treatment outside of Austin before the stabbings.

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White's classmate, Korbin Springer, told KXAN NBC Austin affiliate that White had recently been absent from class, and when he returned, he seemed depressed.

One person died and three others were injured, perhaps seriously, authorities said. Carter said he didn't know what specifically was ailing White, "but he was obviously suffering from a particular issue".

Two hours after the attack, classes and events were canceled for the rest of the day but activities resumed on campus Tuesday amid what Fenves described as "a great deal of fear on campus and in our community".

The suspect is a UT student and is in custody, campus police said. "Campus safety is our highest priority and we will investigate this tragic incident to the greatest extent possible".

Her body was found on April 5, 2016, in Waller Creek near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. The others were taken to the hospital.

White has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony.

White, 21, was a member of the Black Health Professionals Organization at UT-Austin and was in the International Baccalaureate program at Killeen High School. After he left there, he kicked a woman as if to get her out of his way, the police chief said.

All four victims were outdoors when they were targeted.

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