Portland victim's mother appeals Trump to speak against intolerance
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 23:54
Christian's next court appearance is on June 7.
The mother of 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, one of the two victims killed in the Portland train stabbings, penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to speak out against the hate speech that led to their deaths. He was complaining about Muslims, Christians and Jews - saying they should burn at the stake and "f**ing die" - something she'd never heard before on Portland's MAX trains, she told the station. "This is America, get out if you don't like free speech".
"Death to the enemies of America".
Fletcher, who is still in the hospital recovering, penned a poem in the aftermath of the attack.
These rantings are similar to what Christian is reported to have shouted during the train attacks, including "Go home".
Tuesday, Christian's case was assigned to a judge and an attorney requested a speedy trial.
As two men tried to calm him down, Christian stabbed them and one other man, police said. A third passenger, 21-year-old Micah Fletcher, recieved treatment for his wounds and was released from an area hospital Monday. Noting that she herself is not Muslim, she said "they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look". "I want to honor the families who lost their courageous fathers, sons and brothers, and I want the media and the country to honor those families". "And I can't. It's not what [Meche] would have wanted".
Embargoed to Portland, OR Destinee Mangum, 16, thanked the three strangers who intervened on a Portland light rail after a man hurled anti-Muslim slurs at her and her friend who was wearing a hijab.
"Get the fuck out!"
Portland requires permits for rallies when they will be held on public property and could affect traffic and Wheeler said the city would not issue a permit for the event planned for Sunday. "I don't know what to do after that, you know". She told him to lay down and then she said another man rushed over to help and give support.
Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson confirmed that the man in the KOIN video is Christian.
In the end, though, the answer may lie with the insight offered by one speaker at a vigil honoring Namkai-Meche and Best: "They didn't have capes". Micah Fletcher, who was nearby, got up and stood next to Namkai-Meche.
"I hope they all die". "Imagine that for a second - being the little girl... this man is screaming at you, his face is a pile of knives, his body is a gun". When Best moved forward to intervene, he too was stabbed.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Multnomah County Justice Center. Charges include aggravated murder, attempted murder, and misdemeanor intimidation - Oregon's statute covering crimes of bias against a person's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
Surveillance video then shows Christian turn his attention to Namkai-Meche, who was seated.