Suspect in Portland light rail slayings to appear in court

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One of two OR teenagers who was the target of an anti-muslim tirade on a Portland train thanked the men who were killed after confronting the attacker.

The Portland train attack suspect spent his first appearance in court spouting off nonsensically about free speech and being a national hero - yelling, "You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism".

Macy said she was afraid, and as a woman of color she didn't want to be noticed by Christian. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. In Oregon, aggravated murder is punishable by execution, but the state has not carried out one in more than two decades, CNN reported.

Christian is facing multiple charges for the alleged stabbing, including murder, and investigators are reportedly looking into his extremist ideologies. Christian hit the phone away and stabbed Namkai Meche in the neck. They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

In the video taken Thursday, Christian uses expletives as he rants about Muslims, Christians and Jews. He also rails against police and taxes.

In the wake of the attack, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is asking the federal government to cancel a permit for what he called an "alt-right" rally scheduled for Sunday, saying the event could make a hard situation worse.

Wheeler said he would deny any applications by organizers to apply for a permit, though it was not clear whether they had sought city permission, which would be needed if the protesters want to march on streets around the park. The mayor says his main concern was the participants "coming to peddle a message of hatred", saying hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.

A woman who was with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche during his final moments after being stabbed on a MAX train said she wants the world to remember him as a attractive man.


That was the final message of one of the men killed Friday after police said he confronted a man shouting racist hate speech on a commuter train.

I'm writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son. "You will always be our hero", she wrote. Clark is black and said Christian had a lot of black friends.

Christian was arrested soon after the stabbing incident and was charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation, and possession of restricted weapon.

Asha Deliverance, the mother of Mr Namkai-Meche, has written to Mr Trump, urging him to denounce the sort of violence that led to her son's death. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. "Our prayers are w/ them", Trump tweeted from the official @POTUS account.

The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were fatally stabbed Friday on a Portland, Oregon, train.

President Trump had faced criticism for not addressing the killings, which some people have connected to his anti-immigrant rhetoric, but condemned them on Tuesday morning. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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