New details are starting to emerge about 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, the man accused of killing one person and injuring three others in a stabbing spree on the campus of the University of Texas on Monday afternoon.
White is a junior at the school and is majoring in biology, KXAN reports. On April 4 he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. White apparently got into a crash when he failed to yield to the right of way when he turned a street corner -- and after police confronted him, he admitted to consuming two “happy pills,” which were later listed as Zoloft, according to the news station.
One student labeled the stabbing suspect as “very friendly and talkative,” but noted that White had recently been missing classes. When asked why, White told UT student Joshua Anderson that he had other things going on in his life and “that he had to put academics on the back burner for a bit.”
Many students took to social media after the attack, complaining that it took too long for university and campus police to notify them of the danger on campus. But school Chief of Police David Carter argued that they did send out timely alerts and that an officer had responded within minutes.
Literally if I didn't use Twitter I wouldn't have known that someone got stabbed. Alert your effing students, UT.— jazz tunes 💘 (@artifishly) May 1, 2017
.@UTAustin Why in the hell do i have to find out FROM TWITTER, that someone was stabbed on campus. WHILE I WAS ON CAMPUS.— Jake (@leftistraindrop) May 1, 2017
RIGHT. What's the point of those emergency "test" messages every month if we're not being alerted of a real life emergency ?? https://t.co/M3Az6MVtXl— ariette (@ArietteSwagnew) May 1, 2017
“So we have a timely warning system. This would have fell within timely warning because there was no ongoing threat. We had him in custody as soon as we arrived,” Carter told KXAN.
“There are no words to describe my sense of loss,” UT President Greg Fenves said. “Campus safety is our highest priority and we will investigate this tragic incident to the greatest extent possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, the witnesses to the crime, and every member of Longhorn nation. We all mourn today.”