On a portland light-rail train two men were heartlessly stabbed by an out of control man yelling racial slurs at two young muslim teens. Police identified the victims as Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Oregon, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, of Portland. Police say that Best died at the scene and Meche died in the hospital.
Meche graduated last year from Reed College in Portland with a bachelor's degree in economics, the college said on its website. Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference that Best was an Army veteran and a city employee.
The loss of these two heroes has truly been tragic and Portland has made many attempts to honor their cause.
According to Dyjuana Hudson, a mother of one of the girls, the man went on a racial tirade as soon as he spotted the two girls. "He was saying that muslims should die" Hudson told OregonLive. The suspect Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, is being held in jail suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He was arrested a short time after the attack on Friday.
There have been numerous memorials to honour the two brave men, who lost their lives.
Our prayers are with their families and all of Portland.
By Maheen Malik