UT stabbing suspect's parents apologize to victims

Kendrex White's parents say his behavior turned erractic after recent car crash

AUSTIN, Texas - The parents of a man suspected of stabbing four University of Texas students are apologizing for his actions and said his behavior turned erratic following a car accident weeks before the campus attack.

Related: UT-Austin stabbing suspect jailhouse interview

Kenneth and Shantina White told KVUE-TV and the Austin American-Statesman that it was "frightful" to see their son's behavior, and they sought psychiatric care for him.

Kendrex White, 21, was charged with drunken driving following the accident, and his parents wondered whether a head injury may have contributed to the change in his demeanor.

Authorities said the suspect fatally stabbed one person and injured three others May 1 before police disarmed him. He's charged with murder.

Police said the day after the stabbings, White suffered from mental health troubles.

Related story: UT-Austin stabbing suspect says he carried knife for protection

During a jailhouse interview with KSAT 12 sister station KPRC-TV in Houston, Kendrex White said he doesn't remember the crime.

"I had a dream. It showed my face, and I thought maybe it was possible I could have done it, but I didn't remember doing it myself, if that makes any sense," Kendrex White said.

He also said that he decided to carry a knife, because his friends were carrying guns on campus, which is permissible under a new state law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses.

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