Fatal Attack in Portland: Lives Given for a Better Future
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 9:27
The man accused of stabbing two men to death on a train following an anti-Muslim tirade and scuffle shouted "You call it terrorism!" The mayor called for the cancellation of a pre-scheduled "Trump Free Speech Rally" planned for next weekend, saying the event would be inappropriate and warning it may pose a risk to public safety. "You've got no safe place!" and "Death to the enemies of America!" "Leave this country if you hate our freedom".
He was also previously convicted for robbery, kidnapping and weapons-related charges, according to media reports. One of the men, 53-year-old veteran Ricky Best, died on the train, while another young man, 23-year-old Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who had recently graduated from college, died at the hospital from his wounds.
An unidentified man looks back at people yelling at him as he is escorted out of the building after a large group of people outside the courtroom where Jeremy Christian was being arraigned pursued and threatened him in Portland, Ore, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Christian will appear back in court June 7. "We need American here", "I don't care if you are ISIS", and "Free speech or die". His wound was within millimeters of being fatal, court documents say.
"He never disrespected me", Clark said, but added that he changed after he got out of prison.
"And the Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they're from here or not from here - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community", he said.
Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab.
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Namkai-Meche and Best died of multiple stab wounds, the affidavit said. The next day, when she heard about the train stabbings, she immediately thought of the video she had taken of Christian.
Police have been investigating his alleged extremist ideology, while his Facebook page is filled with anti-Semitic comments and other evidence of his views.
Fletcher then stood up and pushed Christian hard enough to make him stumble, the affidavit said.
The aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death. After stumbling and telling Fletcher to hit him again, court documents say Christian stabbed Fletcher in the neck.
One passenger tried to intervene and was not hurt, and the women moved away from the defendant.
President Donald Trump's overseas trip marked an abdication of American leadership, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel concluding that Europe can no longer rely on the United States.
Gratitude for the victims' heroic actions is also tinged with fear, said Wajdi A. Said, president and co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust.