UT stabbing victim’s father dies from ALS

The family of Kurt Brown, seated. Harrison Brown at left. (Courtesy/Brown Family)
The family of Kurt Brown, seated. Harrison Brown at left. (Courtesy/Brown Family)

GRAHAM, Texas (KXAN) — The father of the University of Texas at Austin student killed in a stabbing attack on campus last month has died after a two-year battle with ALS, The Graham Leader is reporting.

The newspaper says 56-year-old Dr. Kurt Brown, a chiropractor, died on Monday at his home in Graham, Texas surrounded by family. His son, 19-year-old Harrison Brown, was killed on May 1 in a stabbing that injured three other UT students.

A statement from the Brown family said Dr. Brown was “the real deal.”

Harrison Brown, 19, graduated from Graham High School in Texoma in 2016. (KFDX Photo)
Harrison Brown, 19, graduated from Graham High School in Texoma in 2016. (KFDX Photo)

“Even on his deathbed he was putting the needs of others before himself. He lived a life of selfless service and expected nothing in return,” the family said. “His passing was peaceful and we take great comfort in the fact that Kurt and Harrison are together again. We have another guardian angel looking over our family.”

Lori Brown, Harrison’s mother, told KXAN’s Alyssa Goard last month that Harrison was worried about his dad when he left back to school following Easter. “We were kind of approaching the end of our ALS [Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis],” his mother said.

“[Harrison] turned around with the biggest smile on his face, and his baseball cap on, and said, ‘I’ll be back dad and I’ll take care of you.’”

A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family says donations can be made in Kurt’s memory to the Harrison Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cierra Bank, 623 Elm St., Graham, Texas.

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