Family of suspect in Portland stabbing offers condolences

Calvin Saunders
June 7, 2017

The 35-year-old did not enter a plea to charges of aggravated murder following the attacks on a packed railway carriage last Friday.

This booking photo provided by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Jeremy Joseph Christian.

He shouted: "Free speech or die, Portland". Leftover funds, the campaign said, could be used for his children to go to college.

Christian has three prior felonies.

The family of Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of killing two people on a commuter train in Portland, Ore. last week, offered their condolences on Thursday to the people affected by the incident.

Fletcher, whose "wound was within millimeters of being fatal", according to TIME, says he is grateful for the outpouring of support and the money that's been donated to aid in his recovery and go to Best and Namkai-Meche's families.

Attending the hearing on Tuesday was Micah Fletcher, who was wounded as he tried to defend a black 16-year-old and her Muslim friend as they rode on a crowded train on Friday. "The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody-whether they are from here or not-scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country", he added. "I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and that I appreciate them".

He told jailers he has no permanent address.

It is alleged a drunken Christian knifed passengers who intervened as he verbally harassed two young women, one a Muslim. The women moved away from Christian. "Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world", she said. She says such a step would deeply honor her son's sacrifice.

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The lone surviving victim of a triple stabbing aboard a Portland light-rail train has been released from the hospital.

Dyjuana Hudson posted a series of pictures to her Facebook page late Wednesday night showing the meeting between her daughter Destinee Mangum and Micah Fletcher, the PSU student who was stabbed while defending her daughter.

The 21-year-old noted that people need to stand up for one another, CNN reported. In one of his poems, he spoke out against the prejudice faced by Muslims since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"The Christian Family offer their heartfelt condolences to those men who lost their lives at the hands of their son on May 26, 2017", the statement said. Christian was arraigned Tuesday on nine charges including aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and first-degree assault, according to The Oregonian.

A day before the attack, cellphone video confirmed by police Sgt. Pete Simpson shows Christian using expletives as he rants about Muslims, Christians and Jews on a train.

One of the survivors of the recent Portland attack has said that he does not want anyone to make the story about him, but to focus on the real issue, the abuse faced by the two young girls.

Wheeler had called on the US government to revoke a permit for an event Sunday billed as a pro-President Donald Trump free-speech rally and not to issue a permit for the rally against Islamic law. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance.

Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the organizers of rallies set for June 4 and June 10 to cancel because of fears it could further enflame tensions. At a "free speech" march in Portland, he draped himself in an American flag and made a series of derogatory remarks.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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