“He said, I was in my classroom and he said, mom. I just finished playing basketball. He sounded great, he said I’m going to get something to eat and then I’m headed to class.” Lori Brown, Mother of Harrison Brown
Harrison Brown’s mother recalls the last time she spoke with her son.
Just 3 minutes later she got another call from Harrison’s phone but it was not him.
“She said are you Harrison’s mom? I don’t know how she knew his name was Harrison, but..and I could tell by her voice that something was wrong and she said, Harrison has been stabbed.” Lori Brown, Mother of Harrison Brown
Lori Brown says she and her family rushed to Austin Monday after receiving that phone call…. where her son…. Harrison Brown died after being stabbed by another student at the University of Texas.
Tonight, Harrison’s family has returned to Graham to be with his father who’s battling the final stages of ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Brown says she thinks her son has already forgiven the person who stabbed him and even though his dreams were cut short she still can take pride in her son’s strong character.
“He’s already forgiven him, I know Harrison. He’s forgiven, he’s forgiven this person, that’s the type of person he was and he didn’t have an angry or mean bone in his body. The kind words and the funny stories about Harrison are what we’ll have forever. No one can take that away from us so we’ll have that always.” Lori Brown, Mother of Harrison Brown
Beneath UT’s iconic tower, The Longhorn community banded together tonight to remember Harrison and lend support to the other victims still recovering.
To start… The tower bell tolled 19 times to symbolize Harrison 19 years of life. Then childhood friends, classmates, mentors, and the president of UT all spoke at tonight’s community gathering.
UT’s President says tonight is just the beginning of a long healing process for every Longhorn.
Tonight’s theme was clear, UT Strong. As the sea of burnt orange threw up the “Hook Em” sign in Harrison’s honor.
In just 24- hours friends and family have raised more than 140 thousand dollars through a gofundme page for the brown family.
His funeral will be Saturday at 1 pm in the Graham High School Gym.
Today the 21- year- old charged in the Graham ISD graduate’s death, tells police he doesn’t remember anything that happened that day.
Kendrex White, a junior biology major at UT, is jailed on a one million dollar bond on murder charges.
According to white’s arrest affidavit white admitted to hearing voices and said a couple of days before the attack he bought a hunting knife.
Police believe he used that same knife to kill Harrison brown.
Monday afternoon…. police were called to an on- campus gym where witnesses said a black male stabbed four people, including brown.
A friend of brown’s told officers he saw the 19- year- old walking out of the gym that afternoon, He said he saw a black male making a punching motion towards brown’s chest.
The friend said brown then walked up to him, clutching his chest and said: “I think he just stabbed me.”
Brown died at the scene and three others were injured. Minutes later, police were able to arrest White, who they say had a knife sheath on his belt.
According to his arrest affidavit, White said he thought he was arrested for pushing someone down with a bladed weapon.
When officers asked white if he heard voices in his head, white said his mind told him to “Tell the truth and withhold any action he did because it didn’t really happen.”
Authorities say White then stopped the interview by saying quote, “If I did something I don’t remember then I want to be told.’
UT Austin Police say White may have been suffering from mental health issues, adding he’d recently been involuntarily committed in another city. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive.