Student Calmly Stabs 4, Killing 1, At University Of Texas

Erica Roy
May 3, 2017

The man suspected of stabbing four students at the University of Texas, one fatally, suffered from mental health troubles and had been involuntarily committed for treatment in another city, authorities said Tuesday.

Just prior to the stabbing, White wrote "Yahushua" on his Twitter account, the Hebrew name for Jesus, a term used by some Christian messianists seeking to return Christianity to its roots in Judaism.

Classes and scheduled events were canceled for the remainder of the day Monday and Monday evening, university President Greg Fenves said. About 20 feet from there, another officer was giving aid to a man who appeared to have wounds to his neck and head, Arredondo said. The names of the three surviving students, who were treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge, were not immediately released. Minutes later they learned of three more victims in the area.

A suspect is in custody and there is no ongoing threat, UT police said.

Former high school classmate Angela Bonilla, who now attends UT, told the Herald that "no one expected him to do this".

White, a biology major in the College of Natural Science, was removed from the school's student directory soon after the attack.

Carter said police are interviewing White and about 25 witnesses who saw the stabbings.

Freshman Jude John told reporters he was eating at a dining hall and walked outside to see a large crowd and a man being escorted out in handcuffs by two Austin police officers. He was always nice, had plenty of friends and was in the International Baccalaureate program. Then the suspect was taken into custody.

The crowded area of students was soon cleared as UT police and Austin police homicide detectives placed barriers marking off the entire intersection. A non-credible bomb threat was also investigated by university police, but the threat is no longer considered ongoing.

Melody Adindu, the president of the Black Health Professionals Organization, says White was passionate about his work and that she knew him as "very interactive and easygoing". "In less than two minutes, we had a police officer on the scene".

Within hours of the fatal stabbing on UT's campus Monday, rumors began passing within the student body that there were other potential attacks happening near Greek buildings on West Campus.

The attack occurred a short walk away from a landmark clock tower that was the scene of a mass shooting in 1966.

The attack comes just three days after a former student carrying a machete and other knives attacked students at Transylvania University in Kentucky. A search on his criminal records showed that he was arrested in early April for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The victims' wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said.

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