Two people are dead and one was injured after a stabbing on a train in Portland, Ore., on Friday afternoon.
Police say the disturbance began when a man on a light-rail train “began yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions.” Among the subjects of his diatribe were two young women who appeared to be Muslim; one was wearing a hijab.
Portland police have charged Jeremy Joseph Christian with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Sgt. Pete Simpson told The Oregonian. “They were attacked viciously.”
The suspect stabbed three men before fleeing the train; police located him and took him into custody.
On Saturday afternoon, police identified the two men killed as Ricky John Best, age 53, who died at the scene; and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, who died at the hospital. Read more at NPR.