AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than a thousand University of Texas at Austin students gathered on the Main Mall Wednesday evening as friends of 19-year-old Harrison Brown shared memories about him, two days after he was killed in a stabbing attack on campus.
Friends who knew him since elementary school spoke at the gathering, sharing stories and what made Harrison so special.
“I’ve known him since second grade. We’ve gone to the same elementary, middle, and high school,” Weston Womack told KXAN Wednesday afternoon before addressing the crowd at the community gathering. “Harrison was a genuine person. He was definitely unique. There’s not one person in this world like him.”
Womack grew up with Brown in Graham, Texas and they were roommates at UT. Womack remembers seeing him in their dorm room shortly before the fatal attack.
“He was just leaving to go to his classes,” explained Womack. He says his last conversation with his best friend and roommate was friendly. “‘Hey, what’s up? See you after class. Let’s hang out later.'”
Two days since his Brown’s death, Womack says it’s too difficult for him to stay at their dorm room.
“I just looked over at his bed and looked at his stuff and I knew he would never be back there,” said Womack. “That’s the first thing that hit and I just took off running out my dorm room, and I just ran across campus. I don’t even know where I was going.”
Womack says Brown was passionate about music and academics.
“Whatever he was passionate about he was full on with it. He was not halfheartedly going to do something — whether it be his music or his studies,” explained Womack. “Music was like his real passion.”
Womack says Brown wanted to move to Los Angeles to pursue his passion.
“I get on my phone and everything I see is about him. Like him singing or pictures, and I turn on the TV and I see him on the news channels,” said Womack, explaining how he is now constantly reminded of his friend. “I wake up forgetting that it happened, I guess.”
Womack told KXAN he’s not sure he will ever be able to forgive the man who attacked Brown. “I can’t even think about this man without this pain and hatred in my heart, and I know Harrison — if he were alive today — it would be the total opposite.”
He continued, “I know Harrison Brown — if he was here — if he would have survived, he would definitely have shown forgiveness to that guy. The worst thing could happen to him and if he had the ability to speak and show kindness to this man, I have no doubt in my heart that he would.”
The UT Tower was darkened Wednesday night to honor Brown.