If you see something, say something. On Friday night, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche lost his life after standing up to a racist heckler on Portland's MAX train. His last words as he lay dying of stab wounds: "Tell everyone on this train I love them."
The Oregonian shares eyewitness accounts of the incident. It began when a man named Jeremy Joseph Christian got on the train and began making racial and anti-Muslim statements as well as harassing two Muslim women. "He was screaming that he was a taxpayer, that colored people were ruining the city, and he had First Amendment rights,'' a rider named Rachel Macy said. Christian made Macy and other riders uncomfortable. "I didn't want to look. I was too afraid. It felt really tense,'' she said. "I'm a woman of color. I didn't want him to notice me.''
One passenger tried to calm Christian down, but it didn't work. Macy remembers Christian getting more agitated and threatening anyone getting off at his stop that they would die.
Namkai Meche walked over to Christian and tried to stand up to him. "You need to get off this train. Please, get off this train," he reportedly said. Namkai Meche was holding up his phone but it's unclear if he was trying to show Christian something or record him. Christian hit the phone away and stabbed Namkai Meche in the neck. He then fled the scene.
Passengers sprung into action. They tried to give Namkai Meche CPR and pray with him until medics arrived.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother posted a heartfelt note to her son on Facebook.
According to KATU 2, a 53-year-old Army veteran was also killed in the incident. A 21-year-old man survived his injuries.
Christian faces two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
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