Jeremy Christian, the 35-year-old suspect in Portland stabbing case, made repeated verbal outbursts during his court appearance Tuesday. "This is America, get out if you don't like free speech". "I want you to imagine that for a second, being a little girl on that MAX", Fletcher said.
"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. Unfortunately, two of them, 23-years-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and 53-years-old Ricky John Best lost their life another man was left severely injured.
The incident took place on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train Friday afternoon, and witnesses said Christian yelled racial and religious slurs at two girls, one of them wearing a hijab. "He threatened me and tons of people", Joey Gibson said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack to determine whether to charge Christian with terrorism or a federal hate crime, Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said. Fletcher survived and was released from the hospital Monday.
SIEGEL: Jeremy Christian stabbed the men as they came to the defense of two young women, one of them Muslim.
Court documents based on Jeremy Christian's interview at the Multnomah County jail show he was concerned about free speech.
Prior to his attacks against the three train passengers, Christian was perhaps best known for his participation in an April "Free Speech" march in Portland.
Surveillance video then shows Christian turn his attention to Namkai-Meche, who was seated. His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholls, did not immediately return calls for comment.
The Pacific Northwest has a long and violent history of white supremacist and other racist activities, despite its more recent reputation for being one of the nation's most socially liberal regions.
Destinee, described by her mother as "happy but very emotional" during the meeting, made Fletcher, 21, a shirt, which says she loves him and that he is her hero.
Anti-Muslim incidents increased more than 50 per cent in the United States previous year, it said.
But he warned that Portland has a tendency to indulge in a "white savior complex".
"And the Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they're from here or not from here - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community", he said.
Wheeler had called on the USA government to revoke a permit for an event Sunday billed as a pro-President Trump free-speech rally and not to issue a permit for the rally against Islamic law.
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