Portland victim's mother appeals to Trump to condemn acts of hate


Jeremy Joseph Christian, the white supremacist suspected of fatally stabbing two men and seriously injuring one on a Portland, Oregon commuter train, had some time to express himself during a court appearance Tuesday. This is America, get out if you don't like free speech'.

The victims were identified Saturday as 53-year-old Ricky John Best, of Happy Valley, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, of Southeast Portland, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland.

Ultimately a jury will decide Christian's fate, but a death penalty sentence is a possibility. And I think he's also anxious about the kind of thing, you know, that we saw in court today where you have supporters of the victims in this case and people who are calling themselves free speech activists clashing and that that could lead to more violence. So, I ask you Mr President to take action at this time. "And I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and that I appreciate them because, without them, we probably would be dead right now".

Christian faces multiple charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Clark told The Oregonian Christian had many black friends.

After several attempts to get Christian to calm down, he made a sudden move in the direction of victim Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who responded by standing up.

He did not enter a plea during his brief arraignment on charges including two counts of aggravated murder, which carry the death penalty.

"I want the Muslim community to know that they have a home here in Portland and are loved", he said.

Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson confirmed that the man in the KOIN video is Christian.

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"I told him, 'You're a handsome man".

One of the teenagers, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum, said Christian "told us to go back to Saudi Arabia", and that "we should just kill ourselves".

In his Twitter message, Trump said: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable". Authorities say Jeremy Joseph Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab.

Fletcher also wanted the teenagers involved to know that "none of this is in any way their fault and that the world is a very cruel place sometimes".

Fletcher shoved Christian back and continued telling him to get off the train.

He will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Transit officials plan to halt all buses and trains Friday in a moment of silence honoring the men killed and others affected by the attack on a northeast Portland train.

In a news release, police said they're investigating Christian's background, "including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology".

Tri-Met Heroes (via GoFundMe), launched by Portland restaurateur Nick Zukin, has amassed donations totaling more than $500,000 to support the families of Best and Namkai-Meche. Before that moment, Macy and Meche had been strangers.