Classmates of UT stabbing victim call for vigilance from fellow students
On the anniversary of his death, classmates of Harrison Brown gathered underneath the University of Texas Tower on Tuesday to honor the freshman killed in a stabbing attack last year.
Three other students were injured in the attack -- one was Stuart Bayliss. “You think about it every day,” he said.
Bayliss was stabbed multiple times. He said the stab wound in his back nearly missed his spinal cord and a kidney, a major artery was damaged and multiple tendons in his hand were cut so badly he needed physical therapy for seven months.
“I’m not taking life for granted, it’s almost been taken from me,” said Bayliss.
Students at the gathering tried to put the horror from that day behind them with one of the things Brown loved the most, music.
The Ransom Notes, an acapella group Brown sang in, performed ‘I’ll be’ by Edwin McCain, a song Brown covered
Junior Arjun Das spoke following the song. “(Brown) was the first person to request a 911 call that day, which is truly heartbreaking,” said Das. “Report any suspicious activity to 911. Don't be scared about speaking up. We as Longhorns must do our best to keep each other safe. We're the ones that can truly stop this from happening again."
Brown’s mother watched the memorial on Tuesday night wearing a hat that read ‘#Report4Harrison.’ Students encouraged one another to post a picture on social media of a “pinky swear” to remind each other to report anything out of the ordinary.
UT has made changes to their safety operation by beefing up their police department and working closely with Austin Police to better prevent crime in West Campus.
Bayliss said he’d like all faculty and staff to be trained in first aid in case there were to be any future attacks. “Having faculty around, you see them all the time. It could save someone’s life,” he said.