Friends and students honor Harrison Brown at evening vigil

Allyson Waller

A rendition of  “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain was sung Tuesday night at the Tower by Sneha Kurada as she and many other Longhorns attended a vigil for the one-year anniversary of Harrison Brown’s death. 

“(Brown’s) passion of music is still speaking through us,” said Kurada, a natural sciences junior and president of the Ransom Notes, the a capella group Brown was a part of. “He has changed our lives for the better.” 

Members of the Ransom Notes honored Brown through the song he sang in a video circulated heavily online after his death. The event included friends of Brown and students who wanted to share their respects. 

Ena Huskic said she was near the UTC when she saw the events of May 1 unfold, and said she still has a vivid memory of the tragedy.  

“A tragedy happened on campus, and I feel like our school should rally together to support his family and remember that day,” Huskic, a finance junior, said. 

Economics junior Arjun Das, who was close friends with Brown’s brother John, urged students at the vigil to support the SafeHorns campaign, #Report4Harrison, and to speak up if something is wrong.

“We cannot keep dwelling on the past because the hard truth is, there’s nothing we can do to change what happened,” Das said. “We can only make sure that the memory of Harrison affects us in a way that makes us all better humans. We, as Longhorns, must do our best to keep each other safe because we are the ones who can truly stop something like this from happening again.”

Kurada said it’s good to see the impact Brown has left on the UT community.

“It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that it’s been a year since it happened,” Kurada said. “But it’s also so amazing and incredible to see the impact he still has on us today and has had on us every day since then.”