At Graham High School, Harrison Brown was the kid who had it all.
He played trumpet in the school band and ran cross country. He participated in the school’s one-act play. His peers voted him class favorite, and his teachers named him “Mr. GHS,” the most outstanding student.
“You left meeting him with a smile on your face,” said Jack Graham, the mayor of the small town about an hour and a half northwest of Fort Worth. “He was a good-looking kid, a smart kid and just a friendly guy. You wanted him to succeed.”
Tragedy struck Monday afternoon when Brown was killed in a campus knife attack at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was in his first year of college.
Three other students were wounded in the stabbings, which happened about 1:45 p.m. near Gregory Gymnasium, a campus recreation center.
A suspect, UT student Kendrex J. White, was arrested at the scene, UT Police Chief David Carter said at a news conference.
Student Rachel Prichett, who witnessed the attack, told The Associated Press that she saw a man with a machete-like knife approach the person behind her in line at a food truck outside the gym.
“The guy was standing next to me,” Prichett said. “He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could.”
Carter described the weapon as a “Bowie-style” hunting knife. He said the stabbings occurred within a one-block area as the attacker “calmly walked around the plaza.”
Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running.
“They were just screaming, ‘Run! Get out of here!’ ” Arredondo said.
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