Suspect in Portland commuter train attack to be arraigned in court

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was in Multnomah County courtroom Tuesday afternoon for his first court appearance on two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges for the Friday attack.

Micah Fletcher, the survivor of a Portland, Oregon, stabbing attack that allegedly involved hate speech and left two people dead, issued a statement honoring the two who died and offering support to the city's Muslims. "He's like, 'You want some of me, you're a snitch, come on after me, you want some of this?' and started chasing me", Hall said. While being transported in a police vehicle, he said, among other things, "Get stabbed in your neck if you hate free speech", and said he could now "die in prison a happy man", according to the affidavit.

Ultimately a jury will decide Christian's fate, but a death penalty sentence is a possibility. "Leave this country if you hate our freedom".

(AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus). A heart-shaped wreath covered with positive messages hangs on a traffic light pole at a memorial for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday, while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting ag.

"He looked directly at me and said 'tell everyone on this train that I love them, '" she recalled.

Christian was arraigned on several charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, police say.

"I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives", the mayor told reporters.

One of the victims of the hate speech is sending her thanks to those who came to her defense, according to KPTV.

The investigators have also said that they were examining Christian's background of extremist ideology.

Ms Deliverance did not address Mr Trump's condemnation of the attacks on Monday, when he tweeted: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable".

On Saturday, about 1,000 people gathered for a vigil in memory of Namkai-Meche, 23, a recent college graduate, and Best, a 53-year-old Army veteran and father of four.

Choked with emotion, Destinee Mangum thanked the three strangers who stood up to a man hurling abuse at her and a friend on a tram in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, Christian's case was assigned to a judge and an attorney requested a speedy trial.

Dyjuana Hudson, the mother of one of the women, told The Oregonian newspaper that Christian approached the girls while screaming that Muslims should die.

The girls were scared and moved to the back of the train while a stranger jumped in to help. "When I did pull my headphone off my ear, what I heard the attacker say was "I pay taxes this is my train" and he was making reference to colored people ruining the city and he had first amendment rights", Macy said.

  • Larry Hoffman