The mother of one of the two men stabbed to death in a Portland, Oregon train for protesting "anti-Muslim" slurs, has written a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, calling on him to speak out against intolerance.
Court papers state that in the patrol auto, Christian confessed to the murders and said, "I can die a happy man", The Associated Press reported. "You hear me? Die!" a defiant and angry Christian said in court, adding: "Free speech or die Portland, you got no safe place".
"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", she told local Fox affiliate KPTV.
The incident occurred on Friday (27 May) after Christian boarded a MAX light rail train at 4.19pm and shouted at the two teenagers "Get the f*** out!, go home". It wasn't immediately clear if Namkai-Meche, 23, said something to Christian to draw his attention, but he stood up as Christian began shouting at him.
Best, an Army veteran who worked for the city of Portland, leaves behind a wife and four children.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old got the chance to meet with Destinee Mangum, one of the girls he was injured defending, and her family.
Christian faces nine charges: two counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of intimidation.More news: Trading Statistics of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
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Wheeler had called on the US government to revoke a permit for an event Sunday billed as a pro-President Donald Trump free-speech rally and not to issue a permit for the rally against Islamic law.
SIEGEL: Now, this was Christian's arraignment. "I call it patriotism". A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way, she said. Fletcher was stabbed first in the neck then Namkai-Meche was stabbed twice, also in the neck.
A third victim survived the attack and has left the hospital but, according to his friends, is facing a long recovery from his injuries.
Two other men who tried to intervene were fatally stabbed.
Detectives are investigating Christian's background of extremist ideology. Court documents say Christian shoved Fletcher in the chest and appeared to pull a folding knife from his pocket and hide it in his hand.
Police records show he yelled racial and religious epithets last Friday. Christian pushed Best into Namkai-Meche and stabbed both men again, the affidavit said.
Christian grabbed his belongings, exited the train and used the knife to threaten several people on the platform, the affidavit said. And reportedly his last words according to one witness were, tell everybody on this train that I love them.