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College Stabbing Victim Asked Student To Call His Mom

| by Michael Doherty

A student who was fatally stabbed at the University of Texas Austin asked another student to call his mother while he was dying from the attack.

Lori Brown said she received a call from her son, Harrison Brown's, phone after he was attacked on May 1, but it wasn't her son she spoke to, KTLA reports. The woman on the other end of the line was a freshman student who Harrison had asked to call his mother as he was dying.

"She was coming out of the door -- he was holding his hand over his chest and there was blood coming out of his chest," Lori recalled. "He had held the phone out and said, 'Call my mom.'"

"And she said, 'Are you Harrison's mom?'" said Lori. "And you could tell there was something bad going on at the other end."

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Just three minutes before the attack, Lori had spoken with her son on the phone, according to KFOR.

"He was filling me in on what he was doing," Lori said. "He said he had just played basketball."

"He always called me 'mama,'" she added. "He was gonna get something to eat from a food truck."

The young woman who called Lori didn't know Harrison.

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Harrison, a freshman, was one of four people stabbed. According to police and witnesses, Kendrex White "calmly walked around" the campus with a "Bowie-style" hunting knife and randomly stabbed students, including Harrison. The other three victims were injured in the attack, but Harrison died.

White was arrested on suspicion of murder and will reportedly face additional charges. White may have been "suffering from mental health issues," UT Austin Police Chief David Carter said. The suspect had previously been involuntarily committed in another city, and later released.

Harrison had hoped to pursue a career in music, university President Gregory Fenves said.

"We are in mourning and we are hurting as a university community," said the president. Classes were cancelled after the attack, but resumed on May 2. Fenves described the atmosphere on campus as "a great deal of fear on campus and in our community."

Fenves met with Harrison's family the day after the attack. "It was an incredibly difficult time for them," he said. "Unimaginable."

"Mrs. Brown talked about her son Harrison and how much he loved being a Longhorn in his first year," Fenves said.

"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," the president added.

Lori said that she met with the student who called her on the phone after the attack.

"She knew I wanted to meet with her," said Lori. "This young lady -- she was a freshman also -- she came to see me at my hotel room and it meant the world to me. It was so comforting that she was able to do that for me."

Lori said that she believes Harrison, who she described as "strong in his faith," would have forgiven his attacker.

"What I think about constantly is the fact that I know my son -- my sweet son Harrison -- he would forgive this perpetrator and has already forgiven him," said the mother.

"That’s the kind of person he was and the kind of heart he had. It gives me comfort knowing that."

Sources: KTLA, KFOR / Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr

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