At the beginning of April, Dylan Quick was featured in a school blog that talked about how he overcame the challenges of a hearing disability- he was born deaf. Quick was arrested for stabbing 14 college students on the Lone Star campus in Houston Tuesday- two of the victims are in critical condition.
The two stories about Quick could not be any more different. The first story is that of a boy who worked hard to overcome his disability, became a successful college student, and dreamed of finishing his degree and starting a book club. The second story recalls a boy who had dreams of stabbing someone to death- a dream that he acted upon on Tuesday, leaving 14 college students for dead.
Quick was born deaf. It was not until he was 7 years old that he received a cochlear implant, which helped him to hear. What it didn't do was help him to speak, a CNN report stated. Quick faced an uphill battle while trying to learn the English language for the first time.
Eventually, Quick caught on and became an avid reader. He was obtaining an associates degree at North Star community college in Northwest Houston and had plans to move on to the University of Houston, where he believed he would obtain a Bachelor's degree in accounting, the report said. He also dreamed of starting a book club.
But it was his second dream that Quick acted on Tuesday.
"According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school," Harris County Sheriff's Office said. During the stabbing spree, Quick was tackled by his fellow students and held until police arrived. He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Quick used a "razor-type knife" to stab his victims, leaving 14 injured. Of those, 12 victims were taken to the hospital; seven patients were treated and released on the same day. Five other patients remain at the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, but on Wednesday all were upgraded and are now considered to be in "good condition" according to the Houston Chronicle.