Portland, ore. Unease about white supremacy grows after stabbings

Alejandro Massey
June 1, 2017

The survivor of a stabbing attack in Portland, Oregon, that left two people dead and allegedly involved hate speech told ABC News that it is the "civic duty" and "moral responsibility" of all Portland residents to make sure all who live there feel at home.

- A video camera inside a patrol vehicle captured Christian saying, "I just stabbed a bunch of (expletive) in their neck".

I'm writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son. "That's what liberalism gets you". "I feel that this is everybody coming together for whatever reason they had, in the same spirit. When I did pull my headphone off my ear, what I heard the attacker say was "I pay taxes this is my train" and he was making reference to colored people ruining the city and he had first amendment rights", Macy said.

He also called Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber a true patriot.

Christian was arraigned Tuesday on several charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, police say.

If found guilty, he could either face life imprisonment or the death penalty. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.

CNN has reached out to Christian's attorney for comment.

The attack aboard a light-rail train happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. It cited train security video and passengers' cell phone video.

Jeremy Christian, the 35-year-old suspect in Portland stabbing case, made repeated verbal outbursts during his court appearance Tuesday. "Go home. We need Americans here!" Christian screamed, according to the affidavit. "This is America - get out if you don't like free speech". "He was just telling us that we basically weren't anything and that we should just kill ourselves". His next court date was set for June 7.

Destinee and her friend moved to the back of the train.

Macy, even with her headphones on, said she heard Christian before she saw him.

Earlier this year, organizers of a small community parade affiliated with the city's famous Rose Festival cancelled the celebration over fears of violence after protesters said the local Republican Party had plans to allow a "neo-Nazi hate group" to march with them.

Shouting then turned into bloodshed.

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A probable cause affidavit, obtained by The Portland Mercury, described how Christian's only surviving victim, Fletcher, recalled the traumatic event to police. She saw Fletcher step between Christian and the other two men.

Fletcher shoved Christian so hard the suspect lost his balance.

Macy remembers the moment the suspect, Jeremy Christian, got on the MAX train. That's fair. But it took some cheek, for white nationalist alt-right leader Richard B. Spencer to try to distance himself from Christian, too.

Records show that Christian has three prior felonies.

Christian then pushes Best into Meche, who was trying to staunch the bleeding while in a seat.

"I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander. that we stand together here as one", Muhammad Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, told The Associated Press.

He was treated for his injuries and released by the hospital.

Christian was waving his knife when he got off the train, Robinson told KATU.

"It looks like we have a Christian or Muslim (expletive) bus driver".

Christian fled after the incident, however, he was captured and arrested by the police soon after. But Namkai-Meche was closest to her.

A heart-shaped wreath covered with positive messages hung on a traffic light pole at a memorial for the two men. Rick Best was an Army veteran.

A mortally wounded Namkai-Meche lay on the floor of the train.

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