Portland attack: 'Heroes' killed stopping anti-Muslim attacker
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:30
"It's a gut check for everywhere - and absolutely for Portland", said Christopher Douglas, who stopped at the memorial.
The attack sent shockwaves through Portland, which is famously liberal.
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree, and felony possession of a restricted weapon. He was arrested a short time after the attack on Friday. No one answered the phone at his Portland home.
According to BuzzFeed News, Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, were killed and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is now hospitalized for his injuries.
Best died at the scene, while Meche passed away in hospital.
"He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil".
Through tears, she told Fox's OR affiliate KPTV: 'I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me.
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler said the "brave and selfless actions" of the three men "should serve as an example and inspiration to us all".
The living victim of the MAX train stabbing Friday, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is a former Madison high school student who won a 2013 poetry competition with a poem condemning prejudices faced by muslims. Police say his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"Their actions were fearless and selfless and should serve as an example, an inspiration to us all".
The president quoted Professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri who described Namkai-Meche as an "extraordinary person".
Christian reportedly shouted slurs about their ethnicity and religion when the men tried to intervene.
Sergeant Pete Simpson confirmed the "suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what would be characterised as hate speech or biased language".
"He was saying that Muslims should die", said Dyjuana Hudson, the mother of one of the girls. Simpson said that Portland police had already contacted local Muslim organizations, mosques and imams about extra patrols during Ramadan and that those extra patrols would continue. The intervention enraged Christian, who killed Best and Namkai-Meche and came inches from killing Fletcher.
The FBI and U.S. Attorney for OR are working with Portland police.
"It's too early to say whether last night's violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime", Loren Cannon, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in or told a news conference on Saturday, adding the FBI had joined the investigation. "Rather, this is the latest in a long string of violent incidents connected to right-wing extremists in the United States", the Jewish group's CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a statement. "All elected leaders in America...must work deliberately to change our political dialogue".
Christian will be arraigned on Tuesday and could face additional charges.
Christian's social media page gives a horrifying glimpse into his mind, as it mentions "Jihadi Muslims" among people he disliked and includes images of Christian raising his right hand in a Nazi-like salute at a "Free Speech" protest in Portland last month.