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Messages and Updates About Fatal Stabbing on Campus

The following are updates and statements from UT Austin regarding the campus tragedy and fatal stabbing on May 1.


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The following are updates and statements from The University of Texas at Austin regarding the campus tragedy and fatal stabbing of May 1.

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Messages from President Fenves

May 2, 2017

Remembering Harrison Brown

Dear UT Community,
As we try to understand yesterday’s tragic events, we mourn the death of a young, first-year UT student, Harrison Brown. I met with his mother Lori and brother John this morning, and they spoke to me of their beloved Harrison…

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May 1, 2017

Update on Campus Tragedy

Dear UT Community,
Tonight, I write to you with a very heavy heart.
As I wrote earlier, there was a horrific act of violence that took place at the center of our campus this afternoon…

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May 1, 2017

Tragedy on Campus Today

Dear UT Community,
This afternoon, there was an attack involving multiple stabbings, which led to one death and three other victims who were seriously injured…

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Other Updates from Campus

May 9, 2017

Office of the President’s Reply to Concerns Related to Campus Tragedy

Thank you for writing President Fenves and sharing your concerns about the horrific campus attack on Monday…

Read the full message

May 8, 2017

Message from VPSA and Dean of Students Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly: Supporting the Campus Community

Dear Faculty and Staff,
After last week’s tragedy, you may find yourself in a position to support students and each other through the grieving and healing process…

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May 4, 2017

Harrison Brown Memorial Fund

The University of Texas at Austin community is grateful for your continued support during this difficult time. Many of you have asked how to make a gift to honor Harrison Brown’s life.

Click here for more

May 3, 2017

Community Gathering

The university community honored Harrison Brown and all of the victims of the May 1 attack during a gathering on the Main Mall on Wednesday evening.

See pictures from the gathering

May 3, 2017

Where to Send Condolences

To send a message of condolence to the Brown family via UT Austin’s Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, please send your card or letter to:

The Family of Harrison Brown
c/o Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 7699
Austin, Texas 78713-7699

May 2, 2017

Message from VPSA and Dean of Students Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly: Campus Resources for UT Austin Students

Dear Students,
The entire UT Austin community is grieving the heartbreaking loss of Harrison Brown and the injury of three other students yesterday afternoon…

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May 2, 2017

University Mourns Death of Harrison Brown

Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin, this morning shared the tragic news that the student killed in the May 1 campus stabbing was Harrison Brown of Graham, Texas.

Brown was an undeclared freshman in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

“He was interested in the College of Liberal Arts and maybe an economics major,” said Fenves, “but his brother John told me that he really wanted to follow his passion of music. He was a talented musician and was interested in our Butler School of Music.”

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

Brown was a member of the UT Catholic Community. At 8 p.m. tonight there will be a memorial mass for Brown at the University Catholic Center. The center invites all members of the UT Austin community regardless of religious affiliation.

Plans for a campus memorial will be announced shortly.

May 2, 2017

Live Press Briefing With President Fenves, UTPD and Austin Police

Watch the video of UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, and the Austin Police Department giving an update on the fatal stabbing.

Link to livestream press briefing