Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

  • Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

Portland murder suspect appears in court, declares alleged crimes acts of 'patriotism'

Authorities say Friday's attack happened after Christian boarded a MAX light rail train at 4:19 p.m. and yelled at the two teens who already were aboard.

The man charged in the fatal stabbing of two men after allegedly spewing hate at two young women in a Portland metro train took his first court hearing as an opportunity to blurt out ramblings about "patriotism" and told those in attendance to "die".

He made repeated outbursts saying "you've got no safe place!" and "death to the enemies of America!" According to an affidavit of probable cause, while in the police vehicle, Christian allegedly said that he was a "patriot" and admitted to the crime and saying, "that's what liberalism gets you".

The probable cause affidavit revealed more alleged details about the incident on the train. Ricky Best, a 53-year-old Army veteran and father of four, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche were stabbed and later died from their injuries. According to court documents, Best died on the spot and Nankai Meche was declared dead at the hospital. 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. A third stabbing victim, aged 21, survived.

The homicide detective investigating the triple stabbing on a Portland MAX train says in court documents that surveillance and cellphone videos show Christian cutting the three victims with a knife.

He allegedly confessed to the murders inside a police vehicle: "I can die in prison a happy man".

Christian appeared in court on aggravated murder and other charges Tuesday, but he didn't enter a plea.

Christian faces aggravated murder and other charges.

Christian, who is from OR, had been hurling racial slurs at two teenage girls - one of whom was Muslim - just before allegedly killing his victims, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland.

"Get out if you don't like free speech!" One of the girls is Muslim and was wearing a hijab.

President Donald Trump condemned the stabbings, writing Monday on Twitter: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable".

Numerous early settlers to OR were from Southern states and brought with them negative attitudes about blacks, said Karen Gibson, a professor of urban studies at Portland State University.

"Our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: "Have mercy to those on earth, and the One in Heaven (God) will have mercy upon you".

"We need to remember that this is about those little girls". Also encouraging was the public response: Hundreds of people turned out for vigils and interfaith services, and contributions are pouring into GoFundMe campaigns for the three men as well as the young women.

When three men on the train intervened, police say, Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one. "He threatened me and tons of people", Joey Gibson said.