Trump calls Portland stabbings 'unacceptable'

Pauline Gross
May 31, 2017

Meche earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 2016 from Reed College in Portland and landed a job with the Cadmus Group, a consulting firm in the area.

Watching from the front row was Micah Fletcher, a stabbing victim who survived.

Trump tweeted from the official presidential account Monday to denounce the "violent attack" and offered his prayers to the victims.

The incident occurred aboard a commuter train when a 35-year-old convicted felon, Jeremy Joseph Christian, started bullying and racially abusing two young women, one of whom appeared to be Muslim.

Two of the men were killed.

Mangum told news station KPTV that she and her 17-year-old friend were riding the train when Christian started yelling at them. Her daughter is African-American and was with a friend who was wearing a hijab, she said. "He was just telling us that we basically weren't anything and that we should kill ourselves". You guys can't disrespect these young ladies like that.

Hudson also shared a link to a crowdfunding campaign to raise money that will go towards mental health services for the two teens, who are, according to the fundraiser's page, "suffering vast trauma in the aftermath" of the tragedy.

The probable cause affidavit written by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin says Christian also calls himself a "patriot" and says, "That's what liberalism gets you" as he discusses the killings. "He just started stabbing people, and it was just blood everywhere, and we just started running for our lives".

When asked if he identified with Wheeler's "alt-right" description, Gibson said: "When someone can explain to me what alt-right means, I'll answer it". That's when Christian attacked three of the people who intervened, Simpson said. Police say he also stabbed a third person in the incident, who is now in the hospital.

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One of the victims, Ricky Best, was a military veteran with 23 years of service. He had graduated from Portland's Reed College with a degree in economics past year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.

"Get out if you don't like free speech", he said, and, "You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism".

What happened next, Destinee said she'll never forget.

She said, "Had somebody got up and confronted him for what he was saying I don't know if he would have reacted or not. i was assuming so from the way he was talking, he wanted a reaction". "I couldn't imagine what you're going through right now as far as losing someone". The sentence on that charge was not immediately available. He was booked on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and felony possession of a restricted weapon.

Christian is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

The FBI and US Attorney for OR are working with police in Portland on the investigation.

In the video posted on Sunday, Mangum and her mother, Dyjuana Hudson, thanked the public for their support.

"I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives", Wheeler said, adding that he appreciated Trump's words but stressing actions.

"When the time comes, we will come forward", Hudson said.

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