Police identify suspect in double killing on Oregon train

Lauren Perry
May 28, 2017

Harris Zafar with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Portland said he was inspired by the actions of these men. "In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed". The two men who died were identified Saturday as Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, of Portland.

Following the attack, police said one of the men died at the scene while another died at a hospital.

The third person was taken to hospital with no life-threatening injuries, "He was talking about a lot of different things, not just specifically anti-Muslim", Simpson said, as quoted by Samaa. Three men who intervened were stabbed, two fatally.

Portland police neither identified the suspect nor the victims. He was booked into Multnomah County Jail shortly afterward and faces two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Christian, 35, will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, May 27, 2017, for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women.

A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in a blog post, said Christian's Facebook page showed he held "some racist and other extremist beliefs".

The Portland Police Department said in its statement that "preliminary information indicates that the suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions". Two additional stabbing victims were located and immediately transported by medical personnel.

"Terrible tragedy on Portland's Max Train", he posted.

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Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

The women, who had left the train before officers arrived, were later in contact with authorities, according to police, who have not released their identities.

After the autopsy on the two deceased the names will be publicly released.

Namkai-Meche lived in Portland and was a recent graduate of Reed College who studied economics. I was on the phone when it happened and I heard the hate speech from a white supremacist.

"I'll remember this case forever because it made no sense", he told The AP in a phone interview. I didn't mean for him to try to be a hero and get himself killed ...

Portland police detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the stabbings.

Portland police spokesman, Pete Simpson stated the suspect was arrested as he fled and the police are still working on identifying him and the three victims.

Police don't know if the man has mental health issues or if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.

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