Witness of Portland Train Stabbing Recalls Victim's Last Words

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Two men in Portland killed defending teens targeted over race
Screen grab from CBS report on two men in Portland killed defending teens targeted over race, May 29, 2017Credit: Screen grab

Cellphone video shows the suspect in the deadly stabbings of two men who intervened in an anti-Muslim rant against two young women on a Portland train going on a racist tirade a day earlier.

Police Sgt. Pete Simpson confirmed Monday that video from a passenger posted by TV station KOIN shows Jeremy Joseph Christian, who’s accused of murdering Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23 and other counts in Friday’s attack.

In the video taken Thursday, Christian uses expletives as he rants about Muslims, Christians and Jews. At one point, he threatens to stab the driver of the train. He also rails against police and taxes.

Simpson says police also are investigating an incident that day involving Christian and a black woman on the train but didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking additional details.

One of two Oregon teenagers who was the target of an anti-muslim tirade on a Portland train thanked the men who were killed after confronting the attacker. 

Teen Targeted in Portland Rant Thanks SaviorsCredit: AP News

Witness Rachel Macy told CBS affiliate KOIN she had been with Meche in his final moments on the train. 

"I just didn't want him to be alone. I took my shirt off and put it on him. We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray," recalled Macy. 

"I told him, 'You're a beautiful man. I'm so sorry the world is so cruel,'" Macy said.

"He said, 'Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them,'" she said. "He was a beautiful man, that's what I want people to know."

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, is calling on the federal government and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other events next weekend after the fatal stabbing of two people who confronted a man hurling racial slurs at two young women on a train.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that the community is sad and angry, and the rallies are inappropriate and could be dangerous. He says his main concern is participants are “coming to peddle a message of hatred.”

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