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TriMet observes moment of silence for MAX stabbing victims

Portland has shown an outpouring of support and love for the heroic actions of the three men who were stabbed, two fatally, after they stood up for two women who were being harassed on a MAX train near Hollywood Transit Center. (KATU photo taken 5-31-2017 by Kirsten Nicolaisen)

TriMet stopped all buses and trains at noon Friday for a moment of silence, honoring the two men who lost their lives aboard a MAX train last week.

Police say Jeremy Christian stabbed three men who were trying to protect two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, from an anti-Muslim tirade.

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Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, passed away from their injuries, while Micah Fletcher, 21, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

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At noon Friday, MAX operators stopped their trains at the nearest station and bus drivers pulled over for the moment of silence. C-Train and the Portland Streetcar observed the moment of silence as well.

Marie Walkiewoicz boarded a blue line train downtown and took to the Hollywood Transit Center to pay her respects to the victim's of last week's tragedy.

"The situation is so sad, and it's so hard to know what to do," Walkiewoicz said.

She bought with her a mason jar filled with flowers she had picked from her home garden, wrapping it with a small bow. She had checked the MAX schedule before boarding to ensure she was on the train that passed through the scene of the attack during the moment of silence.

"We live in a world where there's a lot of hate and where there's a lot of love," Walkiewoicz said. "There's so little I can do in response to hate but I can show a little love."

After the moment of silence Walkiewoicz stepped on tot he platform and placed the flowers down where a small memorial had been set up. She was joined by her friend Josephine Bridges, who tied a small green heart to the flowers. Together the two bowed their heads and knelled down. Later, the two women comforted each other with a hug.

"I felt helpless a week ago, I am feeling more and more each day like I have to help," Bridges said. "The more I feel I have to help and can help the more I will be helped."

Hundreds of people visited the community-created memorial at the Hollywood Transit Center to observe the moment of silence.

Person after person took turns laying flowers and leaving notes of love.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer was even in attendance.

The deadly stabbing attack happened a week ago Friday. Since then, there has been an overwhelming show of support and love from the community for the victims and their families.


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