Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Family, friends hail men who died trying to stop attack

Family, friends hail men who died trying to stop attack

With the community still in shock after the hate-fueled attack on a Portland train, authorities have identified the two men who were killed.

On Saturday, police identified Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, as the victims who were killed in the attack.

A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, suffered traumatic injuries but is receiving care and expected to recover.

Witnesses said the three men tried to calm down the suspect, who was directing hate speech at two women on the train who are believed to be Muslim.

"Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 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".

Namkai-Meche studied economics at Reed, and he was working as an intern at a consultancy firm called Cadmus Group.

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"She heard him say, 'Tell everybody on the MAX that I love them, '" said Haven.

"He was thoughtful, humble, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate".

"The situation was about 12-13 feet from me", said Haven, recalling the man he heard yelling racial slurs and claiming free speech, Friday afternoon.

"Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn't know against hatred".

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Rick's family as they move forward in response to this bad tragedy", department Interim Director Rebecca Esau said in the email.

The victims are being considered heroes, and rightfully so.


The family will hold a vigil for Namkai-Meche Saturday night at 6:30 Portland, near the station where he died.

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