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    MAX attack unfolded quickly: Extremist cut three in neck, police say


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    MAX attack unfolded quickly: Extremist cut three in neck, police say

    Post  sinister_midget on Sun May 28, 2017 12:27 pm

    MAX attack unfolded quickly: Extremist cut three in neck, police say

    The horrific scene unfolded on a crowded MAX train in less than 10 minutes between stops at the start of a long holiday weekend.

    A known extremist terrorized a teenage girl wearing a hijab and her friend, then turned his rage on an Army veteran, a recent Reed College graduate, and an aspiring poet who just tried to calm him down, police and witnesses said. 

    Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, cut all three men in the neck, leaving two dead and another injured from knife wounds. The rampage, unlike anything the city has seen, stunned city leaders and left friends and strangers mourning the loss of two lives, applauding the selfless acts of heroes and condemning the racist vitriol that preceded the violence.

    Rick John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland, intervened Friday when Christian, a man known to police and others for his hate speech and extremist views, launched a slur-filled diatribe at the girl wearing a hijab and her friend after he boarded the MAX Green Line at Lloyd Center, police and witnesses said.

    The three men tried to talk Christian down as they rode the train eastbound to Northeast Portland's Hollywood neighborhood.

    Best, a technician for the city's Bureau of Development Services and a 23-year retired Army veteran, died on the train as Christian fled, police said. Namkai-Meche, who graduated from Reed with a degree in economics in 2016, died a short time later at a hospital. Fletcher, a poet and Portland State University music student, remained hospitalized Saturday and is expected to live.

    Fletcher told his girlfriend Miranda Helm he was on his way to his job at a pizza shop from classes at Portland State University when Christian started yelling at the girls and he attempted to come to their aid.

    Fletcher's jaw was broken and neck punctured, she said, and surgeons had to remove bone shards from his throat.

    "It's kind of a miracle that he survived it,'' she said.

    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she was heartbroken by the horrific deaths of the two Good Samaritans.

    "What happened yesterday is a crime of hate, and it is unacceptable in our Oregon,'' Brown said Saturday. "I implore Oregonians to come together at this time.''

    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler applauded the sacrifices of men who stepped up to protect others.

    "These men were all attacked because they did the right thing. Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all,'' said Wheeler, who flew back to Portland from a business trip to London upon learning of the tragedy. "They are heroes.''

    Community members held vigils in Portland and Tigard Saturday night.

    Praise poured in from across the country for the men who tried to help the young girls, as well as revulsion at Christian's words.

    "He was saying that Muslims should die. That they've been killing Christians for years,"  Dyjuana Hudson told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Her daughter, Destinee, 16, had gotten on the train downtown heading east with her 17-year-old friend. Destinee is black and her friend is Muslim and was wearing a hijab, a traditional head covering.

    The girls tried to distance themselves from the stranger, who boarded near Lloyd Center, but he pressed on, screaming at them as he approached, Dyjuana Hudson said.

    "He had been acting up the whole ride, pretty much from the time he got on till 42nd," Hudson said.

    That's when the other passengers stepped in.

    "You can't get at them like that — they're little girls," one of them said, according to Hudson.

    Christian, of North Portland, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count of felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

    He was taken into custody on the north side of Providence Portland Medical Center, on an access road running along Interstate 84, just east of 47th Avenue, at 4:48 p.m., police said. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 2:12 a.m. Saturday. He'll be arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    He has shared anti-Muslim memes, espoused Nazi beliefs and called Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a "true patriot" in Facebook postings online. He also was a prominent participant in the April 29 "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue, casting Nazi salutes with a Revolutionary War-era American flag wrapped around him while shouting, "Die Muslims!''

    On Facebook, Christian has spoken of his Nazi sympathies and posted a picture of Adolf Hitler in an album he called "Good Stuff." The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, said his posts reflected "an individual all over the political spectrum but indicates that he holds some racist and other extremist beliefs."

    He was a Bernie supporter. He threatened to kill people who voted for Trump and Hitlery on Twitter just a short time before his rampage.

    If not for that, the ultra-left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center would have painted him as alt-right, Trump-backing, etc, and even make the same false claim that Hitler was right-wing. But they know they can't hide that bit of evidence. So they call him "all over the political spectrum."

    Every time anything happens, the media and their leftist brethren wish openly that it's a right-winger, white, Christian, etc. When it turns out not to be the case in one or more traits, they make excuses, minimize, blame "racism" and/or deflect away from themselves as much as possible. This case was no different.

    Few skills are so well rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims.
    -- Thomas Sowell

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