Portland stabbing victims honored with impromptu memorial

Source: Gillian Flaccus/AP

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were fatally stabbed Friday on a Portland, Oregon, train. They were reportedly defending two young women from harassment when it happened. 

Now the light-rail station where the two men were killed has become an impromptu public memorial — a place to collect the public outpouring of grief and emotion from the shaken city.

Meche's mother, Asha Deliverance, posted a photo of the memorial on Facebook on Monday with the caption: "This is the spot with my son passed away. Community Makes everything beautiful." 

The image shows an array of chalk-drawn messages including "Portland stands with you" and "This will not stop us."

Meche and Best were killed while allegedly trying to defend two women from 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, who was reportedly threatening them and other passengers with anti-Muslim hate speech. Christian, who according to the Washington Post has a history of racist and extremist postings on social media, is now in custody. 

A third person, Micah Fletcher, was also injured while attempting to intervene.

In a Facebook post identifying Meche as one of the victims of Friday's deadly stabbing, Asha Deliverance wrote that her son was "a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil."

"Shining bright star I love you forever," she added.

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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