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Aunt of MAX stabbing hero: 'Tilly, you live in my heart'

Taliesin Myrddin (Courtesy Myrddin family)

The aunt of one of the two men who were killed Friday night in a stabbing attack aboard a MAX train says her nephew will live in her heart forever.

Taliesin Myrddin, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed when police say a man named Jeremy Joseph Christian slashed their throats on a MAX train.

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Myrddin and Best had come to the defense of two young Muslim women being harassed by Christian as the train headed toward the Hollywood Transit Station, police say.

KATU News spoke with Myrddin's aunt, Teresa Van Olphen, Saturday evening as she landed at Portland International Airport to be with family after Friday's tragic event.

Olphen said she was on the phone with Myrddin, or "Tilly," Friday prior to the attack.

"He was talking about the house he just bought and his girlfriend and how excited he was about everything in his life," Van Olphen said. "And there was this crazy person on the train, and he said, 'You know, I'm really distracted, I can't really talk right now, and I said, 'No Tilly just move away from it.'"

She says TIlly moved away but she could still hear the man yelling.

"I told him to get off the phone with me and film it," Van Olphen said. "I didn't mean for him... I didn't mean for him to be a hero and get himself killed."

She said Tilly had a big soul, and was too big for his own body.

"He is a person who would always stand up for justice... Tilly, you'll live in my heart and you did not die in vain... [you] stood up for what is right," she said.


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