Stabbing Spree Suspect Is 20-Year-Old Student

Fellow student says Dylan Quick's spree foiled by broken blade
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
Michelle Alvarez, a student at Lone Star College's Cypress-Fairbanks campus, was one of those injured in the stabbing spree.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)
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(Newser) – The man who slashed at least 14 classmates at a community college in suburban Houston today has been identified by local media—including the Houston Chronicle and ABC 13—as 20-year-old Dylan Quick. Police haven't offered any clues about a motive. Quick is a student at the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College, and not much is known of him. A college blog post just last week, however, recounted how Quick began taking part in teen activities on campus a decade ago, reports the Chronicle. The purpose of the post was to show how the activities helped transform Quick—who was born deaf but had a cochlear implant when he was 7—from being withdrawn to socially engaged.

"Initially reluctant to participate, Dylan was homeschooled and very shy," said the post. A neighbor described him today as "very calm," adding that "he's always working with his dad outside. They're good people." A separate Chronicle story talks to a student who happened to be in the custody of campus police when Quick was brought in. "He said he was trying to go on a killing spree but the (expletive) blade broke." Two students remained in critical condition as of this evening, reports AP. (Read more Lone Star College stories.)

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