Portland Murder Suspect Believes Stabbings Were 'An Act Of Patriotism'

Portland Murder Suspect Believes Stabbings Were 'An Act Of Patriotism'

The suspect is 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland. "You've got no safe place".

The rally's organizer Joey Gibson, told KGW ( http://bit.ly/2rkrPbI ) he is a libertarian promoting free speech. On April 29, Christian participated in a right-wing "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla, Portland, carrying a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters.

Soon after he boarded a MAX train last Friday, Jeremy Christian began shouting at two African-American teenage girls - one wearing traditional Muslim dress - as he drank sangria from a container, according to a Multnomah County Circuit Court document filed Tuesday that details the knife attack that killed two men and injured a third.

Christian may have directed slurs at two young women whom witnesses described as Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson told CNN.

Surveillance video then shows Christian turn his attention to a man, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who was seated.

Micah Fletcher suffered a neck wound Friday after coming to the defense of two young women who were verbally abused by a man before he allegedly stabbed Fletcher and two other men who died.

A grand jury is expected to consider additional charges against the suspect, whose next court appearance will be on June 7. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance.

The man accused of killing an Army veteran and a recent college graduate on a Portland train shouted about patriotism, free speech, and the enemies of America in his first court appearance on Tuesday. She said her friend is Muslim, but she's not.

Christian's criminal records also showed a number of felonies dating back to 2002, including first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

Instead, Rachel Macy stayed and comforted Taliesin Namkai-Meche after he was stabbed.

"Me and my friend were going to get off the MAX and then we turned around while they were fighting and he just started stabbing people", she told KPTV.

Islamic groups have raised almost half-a-million dollars for the families of the men killed in Portland, Oregon while trying to defend Muslim women from a racist attack.

Nicholas Zukin, the man who started the "Tri Met Heroes" GoFundMe page said he just wanted to help.

"I told him, 'You're a lovely man". "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". "I took my shirt off and put it on him".

"Our family grieves, but we are proud that through his selfless action he, along with the other two men, has changed the world, when in the face of hate he did not hesitate to act with love", Asha Deliverance said in the letter.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.

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