He wore a blue jail jumpsuit and didn’t say anything other than to yell slogans. They fearlessly risked their lives for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror.

Jeremy Christian was threatening to behead passengers on a MAX train last Friday, before a vicious attack that claimed the lives of two men and almost killed another, court records allege. The homes immediately surrounding the Christian residence now hold biracial families moving from out-of-state and same-sex couples, Jenkins said.

The Portland Mercury newspaper said Christian – who has been charged on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder – was a known white supremacist and right-wing extremist.

The mother of one of the girls the victims were defending posted on Facebook thanking them for what they did, KOIN reports.

“You have said that you will be President for all Americans”, she wrote in the letter obtained by CBS News.

“He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his country”, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum told Portland’s KPTV. “He was just telling us that we basically weren’t anything and we should just kill ourselves“.

Prosecutors say the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train confessed while in the back seat of a patrol vehicle after his arrest.

The group directed a police officer toward the suspect, who was near Providence Portland Medical Center, he said.

“My first process was, ‘What can I do?”

“Taliesin was huge, just look at him, his soul didn’t even fit in his body, so much love”.

“They saw injustice being committed, racism being practiced, and they intervened”, said Rep. Keith Ellison, first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress. “We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray”, she recalled.

Gibson also distanced his group from the train-killings suspect, Christian. His arraignment is set for Tuesday in county court, police said.

Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche died and Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured as they tried to stop Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing fellow train passengers.

Wheeler’s call for the rally to be cancelled came amid a wider debate in the USA about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures. Namkai-Meche had recently finished his economics degree and was working at a consulting firm.

Fletcher said once his medical and recovery bills are covered, he will donate the rest of the money raised on his behalf to the families of Best and Namkai-Meche.

On 27 May, sources said that a man was racially abusing two women who appeared to be Muslims on a train at Hollywood Transit Station in Portland, Oregon. Mangum is not Muslim but her friend, who was wearing a hijab, is. The assailant was ranting on many topics, using “hate speech or biased language”, police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

Authorities are trying to determine whether Christian will be charged with federal hate crimes.

Christian faces charges of aggravated murder and other crimes.

One passenger tried to calm Christian down, but it didn’t work. One man simply asked, “What would you do?”

Larry Blackwood had been on the train on his way home from work when he heard people screaming from a auto in front of him and saw a crowd of passengers start charging off the train about 4:30 p.m. The Oregonian/OregonLive also had video from the April 29 march showing Christian. Court documents said video and audio had captured him saying he had committed the stabbings.

He has shared anti-Muslim memes, espoused Nazi beliefs and called Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a “true patriot” in Facebook postings online.


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