AUSTIN (KXAN) — Makeshift memorials of flowers dot the University of Texas at Austin campus Tuesday as students honor the 19-year-old victim of a stabbing attack that injured three others.
One of the students hurt in the attack, Stuart Bayliss, from Katy, Texas, has been identified in a donation page set up for him online. Bayliss is a 20-year-old engineering and ROTC student who graduated from Cinco Ranch in 2015.
“Ever since he’s been in junior high he’s been real responsible about taking care of our dogs when we go out of town,” neighbor Marilyn McGuire told KPRC about Bayliss, who another neighbor agreed is a “hard worker.”
Flowers stretch across tables outside Gregory Gym, the center of the scene of the attack on Monday, as students remember freshman Harrison Brown, who was killed in the attack.
“Everyone has only had good things to say about him,” sophomore Alex Melton said. Navya Gautama added, “He seemed like very happy and joyful that he was here at UT. That he was involved and had all his brothers and friends around him.”
Among the memorials, a sense of fear seems to have inundated the university. “Everyone’s on edge,” UT senior Michael Guzzardo says. “Nobody knows what’s going on. Nobody knows if we’re safe yet. Nobody feels safe.”
Gautama, a freshman, feels the same. “Today I was afraid to come on campus right in this area. I mean, most of my classes are around here where it happened, and I was just nervous.”
Students who grew up with Brown and his mom, a teacher at Graham ISD in North Texas, are trying to cope with his death as well.
Graham ISD Director of Bands Joshua Kidd, said, “Even yesterday as news was starting to come out and we were starting to hear little bits of things, we had kids hanging out in the band hall, all kind of supporting each other and trying to just understand, you know, what was happening.”
Brown’s family says he was passionate about being a Longhorn and music.
The two other injured students have not been identified at this time. They were released from the hospital the night of the attack.
Students will gather for another vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening on the Main Mall by the UT tower.