Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
As commuters in Portland, Oregon headed home Friday afternoon on a public transit MAX train, a passenger began screaming violent hate speech directed at a number of groups and religions. He particularly targeted two teenage girls, one of them black and one a Muslim wearing a hijab. When a few good samaritan male passengers attempted to calm the man and defend the girls, he stabbed two of them to death and hospitalized a third, according to witness reports.
Update: On Saturday afternoon, police identified the two men who died as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley which borders Portland, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche of Southeast Portland. The third stabbing victim, who is not believed to have life-threatening injuries, is 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland.*
Authorities have since identified the perpetrator of the stabbing as 35-year-old Jeremy Christian, a known white supremacist.…