Viewsheadlines Desk,Two Muslim women were being threatened by an alleged White supremacist on a MAX train in Portland. But his racial slurs didn’t deter several fellow passengers come forward and tried to rescue the two women, one of whom was wearing hijab or headscarves that many Muslim women wear.
Two brave men who came forward to save the women lost their own lives in the process as they were viciously attacked by the 36-year old man who has several criminal cases against him.
One of the two men who lost their lives is Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. He was one of two men who were stabbed to death on a train on Friday in Portland, Oregon. His mother who told about the death of her young son and how he really died called him “a shining bright star”.
There is no denying that Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was a star as he and people like him show to the world, especially the hate mongers that in this part of the world there are innumerable souls who are ready to give up everything to uphold justice and equality.
The other person who also lost his life on the same time while trying to save the two Muslim women was named by authorities as Ricky John Best, 53, a father of four and an Army veteran.
The suspect who is accused to harassing the women and stabbing three fellow passengers to death has been named as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, a convicted felon. He is all set to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, Reuters reported.
In the meantime, special Agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon said, it was too early to tell whether the “violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime”.
Eyewitnesses claim that two days ago, on Friday afternoon, two teenage girls, one of them Muslim and wearing a headscarf, boarded a train in Portland. Dyjuana Hudson – mother to one of the girls – said he began “saying all Muslims should die”. Sergeant Pete Simpson confirmed the “suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what would be characterised as hate speech or biased language”.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called the two men who lost their lives while saving the girls as brave and inspiration to all. “They were attacked because they did the right thing…Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes”, Wheeler said.
Namkai-Meche’s mother, Asha Deliverance, paid heartfelt tribute to her son in a Facebook post. “My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland. He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever,” the post read.
Namkai-Meche lived had just graduated from Reed College in Portland in economics. The university’s president, John R. Kroger, issued a statement Saturday, calling him a “beloved young man.” “As we mourn together and seek ways to honor Taliesin’s life, we will provide information about any memorials as it becomes available…Our deepest sympathies go out to Taliesin’s family and friends, the other brave victims, and their friends and family”, the statement said.
“I still remember where he sat in conference and the types of probing, intelligent questions I could anticipate him asking. He was thoughtful, humble, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate. He was a wonderful human being. As good as they come. And now he is a hero to me,” the statement went on to add.