Trump condemns fatal stabbing of good Samaritans in Portland
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 1:40
One of the teenagers who was targeted by a man who went on to kill two people in Portland, Oregon, has thanked the deceased men for stepping in to defend her. "Because they didn't even know me and they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look". Without them, we probably would be dead right now.
As three men stood up against the attack, Christian fatally stabbed two of them, Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 54, while Micah Fletcher, 21, is now being treated at a hospital. The friend was wearing a hijab.
"I told him, 'You're a handsome man".
Fletcher is a student at Portland State University and was taking the train from classes to his job at a pizza shop when the attack occurred. "He was just telling us that we basically weren't anything and that we should kill ourselves", she said. Mangum told CNN affiliate KPTV, "I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me,".
Macy said police collected most of the items she carried with her as evidence, but she still had a heart-shaped rock painted purple she happened to be carrying in her pocket during the attack. "So I just took up running from the bridge up the stairs".
Authorities say Meche and Ricky John Best were killed Friday trying to stop Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing Hudson's daughter, Destinee Mangum, and her friend.
Best worked for the Bureau of Development Services as a technician and ran for a position on the Clackamas County Commission in 2014 after retiring from the U.S. Army in 2012.
Christian is due to appear in court Tuesday, charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He had graduated from Portland's Reed College with a degree in economics previous year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.
Police said detectives are looking at Christian's background, "including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology". Fletcher remained hospitalized Monday with non-life-threatening injuries.
In April, local reporter Mike Bivins filmed Christian at a march by the far right.
The FBI and U.S. Attorney for OR are working with Portland police.
The FBI said it's too early to say whether the slayings qualify as a federal hate crime. "I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them", Rather wrote Sunday in an open letter to the president, which was shared more than 150,000 times.
After granting interviews to a few local media outlets, Hudson and her daughter posted a video on Facebook saying they were thankful to the victims and the community support.