Some former classmates of the University of Texas student who allegedly fatally stabbed a fellow student and wounded three others tell PEOPLE they are shocked by the turn of events.
Meanwhile, campus officials said Kendrex White, a 21-year-old biology student, had been “involuntarily committed” in another city and released before going on a stabbing spree Monday afternoon.
“I don’t have the specifics on that but he was obviously suffering from some kind of particular issue,” University of Texas Police Chief David Carter said during a press conference on Tuesday.
White was apprehended inside a campus dormitory and charged with one count of murder. He is currently being held in Travis County jail with no bond.
White is accused of killing freshman student Harrison Brown. Graham Independent School District, where he attended high school, released a statement shortly after his death Monday.
“The news of Harrison Brown’s (GHS Class of 2016) passing is heartbreaking. There are no words adequate enough to express the sorrow felt by Graham ISD and the community of Graham for this loss. Harrison was an inspiration to everyone around him. We are Blessed and honored to have known him,” reads the statement on the district’s Facebook page.
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Tuesday evening, the University of Texas darkened its iconic tower as a tribute to Brown during a campus memorial service. “Today, our hearts are broken,” said the school’s president Gregory Fenves. In an effort to help Brown’s family, a GoFundMe page has been established.
A classmate, who knew White and didn’t want to be identified, told PEOPLE that he was an intelligent person, but that something was amiss.
“He was a sociable, kind, caring, intelligent and joyful person,” he said but added, “He showed some indications of having some health problems although I never got close enough to him to find out what was actually going on.”
Another classmate was still trying to process the news about someone she described as nice and friendly.
“I’m really shocked,” she said.