Mom of MAX attack victim to Trump: 'Take action' against hate
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 9:40
Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of aggravated murder and other charges. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.
Friday's attack happened on the first day of Ramadan the Muslim holy month, marked by daily fasting from dawn to sunset and is the latest in a series of apparent hate crimes in the region.
One of the two women who was the target of the religious slurs on Friday, Destinee Mangum, who was with a friend wearing a Muslim head scarf, said in a video posted on CNN's website on Monday that she did not know the men who intervened and thanked them for putting their lives on the line.
"Go home. We need Americans here!" It wasn't clear if he said something to draw Christian's attention, but he stood up as Christian began shouting at him.
"He knew something was wrong, got off the train, saw Micah in bad shape and calling for help - he just went over and helped him", Janice Heater said.
Christian's next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Mangum and her friend moved to the back of the train. She told KPTV that a stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way.
"Suffice it to say, that I think it's immensely, immensely and morally wrong how much money we have gotten as opposed to the money, love, kindness that has been given to that little girl", he said, speaking of the money raised for him and the slain victims' families.
As people outside the courtroom began to shout, deputies led Christian away through the secure back door.
Fletcher shoved Christian so hard the suspect lost his balance.
Macy remembers the moment the suspect, Jeremy Christian, got on the MAX train.
"Hit me again", Christian replied. He then stabbed Namkai-Meche in the neck. A fourth passenger, Ricky Best, tried to come to their aid and was immediately stabbed as well. Christian pushed Best into Namkai-Meche, who was seated trying to stop the bleeding from his wound. Christian said he robbed the market because "the guy there doesn't sell any winning lottery tickets", the arresting officer said, according to a prosecutor's affidavit.
Chase Robinson, a passenger on the train, thought a fistfight had broken out and tried to break it up.