'He was a hero': Mom remembers son killed on MAX train

28 Mai, 2017, 12:22 | Author: Come Portier
  • 'He was a hero': Mom remembers son killed on MAX train

Two men were fatally stabbed Friday on a crowded commuter train in Portland, Oregon, when they confronted a passenger who was "yelling a gamut of anti-Muslim and anti-everything slurs", a police spokesman said.

Police have charged Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, from North Portland, with murder.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reviewed Christian's Facebook page, and found numerous posts espousing extremist views.

The attack unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims observe a daily religious fast.

Wheeler said, "Violent words can lead to violent acts". Police are seen confiscating a baseball bat from the man, who is wearing a baseball cap backwards and a flag evoking the Revolutionary War draped around his shoulders.

Police said 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, died at the scene on Friday, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland died at a hospital. Another victim who was injured in the attack has been identified as 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland. He has been booked on two counts each of aggravated murder and intimidation in the second degree, and one count each of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

On Friday, police said detectives wanted to speak to the two women. Two others were taken to the hospital, where one died and the other is expected to survive, police said.

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Police have also identified the two young women on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab at the time of the stabbing.

Autopsies are being conducted on the two slain passengers and are scheduled to be finished late Saturday morning local time, according to police.

He will make a first court appearance Tuesday, and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Dyjuana Hudson, a mother of one of the girls, told The Oregonian/OregonLive (http://bit.ly/2qurEGz) that the man began a racial tirade as soon as he spotted the girls.

"He was saying that Muslims should die", Hudson said.

Additional charges may be brought later "after the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office presents the case to a grand jury", authorities said Saturday. In a comment on his page Christian proclaimed, "I am White and a Nationalist for Vinland". "They were attacked viciously".

Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have denounced Christian's actions and applauded the victims' bravery for standing up to Christian. "Too much of it has arrived here in Portland", he wrote on Facebook.

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