“Heroes” Of The Portland Stabbing Attack Praised For Bravely Standing Up To Racist Rants

In the wake of the tragic Portland stabbings, one word consistently came up to describe the victims: heroes.
According to KATU, a man, identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian, began verbally insulting two young Muslim women on the MAX light rail system. He shouted what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. Three men, identified as 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 53-year-old Ricky John Best, and 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, came to the defense of the two women and tried to calm the suspect down. As a result, Namkai Meche and Best were stabbed to death, and Fletcher was treated for non-fatal wounds.

These three men are being praised as heroes.

“Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn’t know against hatred,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement Saturday, according to the Washington Post. “Their actions were brave and selfless, and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes.”
People nationwide are infuriated by what happened, but are praising these three men for their braveness:
(2/3)We are deeply saddened. Our thoughts & prayers are with loved ones of those lost & with person injured.
Here are some details on these three heroes.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche

Source: Oregon Live
According to a Facebook post from Reed College, Namkai Meche graduated from the school in 2016, where he studied economics. One of his former professors, Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri described him as an intelligent, thoughtful, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate person:
“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.”
Prior to his death, Namkai Meche was an intern at Cadmus Group, a consulting company. His aunt was reportedly on the phone with Namkai Meche right before his death. She told KATU that she heard the “hate speech” over the phone, and told him to video tape it so he could send it to the police. However, she did not intend for him to put his life in danger by coming to the defense of the young girls.

Ricky John Best

Best was a father, Army veteran, and city of Portland employee.

After serving in the Army for 23 years, Best retired in 2012. Best was a technician at Portland’s Bureau of Development services and was on his way home to his family when the attack occurred.
According to the Oregonian, Best’s supervisor described him as the “first person you would go to for help.” His co-workers said that it was “just like Rick to step in and help somebody out.”
The city commissioner released a statement to memorialize Best:
“My heart goes out to the family of Rick Best. They have lost a husband and a father, and we have lost a treasured employee… Rick worked for the city for a little more than two years and was a valued member of our Bureau of Development Services team. And as a veteran, he served our country with honor and distinction. He stood up for two young women and others he didn’t even know — all because he wanted to help… Losing a colleague is hard. Losing someone under these circumstances makes it even worse. We are very saddened at the loss of Rick and we will remember him fondly as we move forward.”

Micah David-Cole Fletcher

Source: People

Micah Fletcher is the only stabbing victim to survive the attack.

He is a 21-year-old college student at Portland State University, a poet, and a passionate advocate for social justice, according to the Oregonian. Micah has written poetry in the past on prejudice against Muslims:
“When two towering trees of wrought iron and glass and cement are brought down to their knees,
We let it leave an ugly footprint on America that hasn’t disappeared in 12 years.
The knife missed Fletcher’s jugular by “millimeters.” Bone fragments were surgically removed from his neck, but he is expected to make a full recovery. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to cover Fletcher’s medical expenses and at the time of this writing, had raised $230,000 of the $250,000 goal.
According to the Portland Mercury, Christian was a known “known right-wing extremist and white supremacist.” For example, on April 29th, Christian went to a right-wing march for free speech carrying a baseball bat. His intent was to use the baseball bat to attack left-wing protesters. Throughout the day, he yelled racial slurs and “Hail Vinland” and even gave the Nazi salute. Police quickly confiscated the baseball bat.
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center
Christian’s violent intent at the rally was not the first indication of radical views. On April 19th, the anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Christian wrote a Facebook post praising bomber Timothy McVeigh.
“May all the Gods Bless Timothy McVeigh a TRUE PATRIOT!!!”
35-year-old Christian was arrested north of Portland by the police following the attack.

The events that transpired on Friday, May 26th, are both a saddening reminder of the prejudice and xenophobia present at home in the United States and an inspiring story of average people doing what was right to help those in need.

If you would like to help these heroes, please consider donating to one or all of their GoFundMe pages: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Ricky Johnny BestMicah David-Cole Fletcher

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