A a year ago, a vile white supremacist verbally attacked two young women of color on a MAX train. Jeremy Christian then stabbed three men who came to their defense. The MAX stabbing shocked the Portland community: Ricky John Best, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche lost their lives defending their neighbors against hate.
Now their heroism, and that of Micah Fletcher, who survived the attack, is being memorialized. TriMet is hosting a commemoration on May 26 for all victims of the attack. To honor them, a colorful tribute wall mural has been painted on the Hollywood Transit Center by artist Sarah Farahat. It depicts western peonys and a flowing script in numerous languages.
Several religious leaders will speak at the event, and a bell from the Buddhist Daihonzan Temple will be rung five times in remembrance of the five victims—the two women targeted by hate speech and the three men who defended them.
The remembrance will also feature singing by local vocalist Saeeda Wright, during which attendees are encouraged to place flowers before the mural.
The event is at 4 pm at the Hollywood Transit Center—buses will be detoured during the event, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
As for Christian, his murder trial is set for June 2019, and will last an estimated five weeks.