Thank you, Mr. Best…and All the Rest


Portland train stabbing.

Two men were killed in a stabbing on a MAX train last Friday when they tried to intervene as another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab.  A third passenger who tried to help was also stabbed, but is expected to survive.

Rick Best Taliesin Namkai-Meche

This is the climate of hatred that was bred when donald j. trump took the oath of office last November.  Hate crimes are now soaring and discrimination against Muslims has never been higher.

Stabbing on Max Train, Portland, Oregon.  Portland train stabbing

Police identify victims of stabbing on Portland MAX train

Officers arrested the suspect as he ran from the Hollywood transit station into the neighborhood near Providence Portland Medical Center in Northeast Portland, Simpson said. The suspect was ranting about many things, using “hate speech or biased language,” and at one point focused on the young women.

Two men who died in the attack were identified as:

Best died at the scene of the attack, and Namkai-Meche died at a hospital.

Police said the victim injured in the attack was 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland. He remains in a Portland hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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Today, I visited the spot where Rick Best and the  two other men were attacked, their throats slit, and left to die. The outpouring of love there today was very powerful, and I cried and cried as I walked around and snapped pictures of the offerings from mourners.

Here is a slideshow of some of the shots that I took.

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