One victim in Portland hate speech stabbing has Juneau ties

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Christian makes his first court appearance Monday.

Christian is charged with murder and other counts for allegedly stabbing three people who intervened after Christian was shouting "hate speech" that included anti-Muslim comments directed against two young women on a MAX train in Portland at around 4:30 p.m. local time Friday, police have said.

"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me", Mangum told KPTV, her voice cracking.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a Reed College class of 2016 graduate, was one of the two people fatally stabbed while protecting the safety of others on the Portland, Oregon MAX train on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Police said they'll examine what appears to be Christian's extremist ideology, including social media posts indicating an affinity for Nazis and political violence.

Christian is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation and possession of a restricted weapon by a felon. He says his main concern is participants are "coming to pedal a message of hatred".

His mother's and sister's Facebook pages are filled with condolences.

Some residents said President Donald Trump has caused those racist demons to stir again with his administration's travel ban, his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico and his crackdown on illegal immigration.

"Free speech or die", he shouted.

One of the victims in Friday's Portland hate speech stabbing had Juneau ties. "Our prayers are [with] them".

"Tell everyone on this train I love them".

"Let's do them honour by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence".

The suspect is 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland.

Macy said she saw that Namkai-Meche was holding up his phone but Macy said she did not know if he was recording the confrontation.

"He was just telling us that we basically weren't anything and that we should kill ourselves".

Fletcher shoved back and told him to get off the train, the affidavit added.

Injured in the attack was 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, a student at Portland State University. The homes immediately surrounding the Christian residence now hold biracial families moving from out-of-state and same-sex couples, Jenkins said. It was not clear if he had a lawyer yet.

According to court documents, the video taken on train showed Christian concealing a folding-style knife and challenging Nankai Meche and Fletcher to "do something" before stabbing Fletcher in the neck.

Police said Christian responded by stabbing each man in the neck.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said. He was sent back after pleading guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Those charges were dismissed, according to court records, which do not explain why.

Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school.

Namkai-Meche staggered forward and said, "I'm going to die". One victim died at the scene, while the other died in the hospital. "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.

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