Saturday night vigil for MAX stabbing victims draws tearful, heartbroken crowd

Memorial at the Hollywood Transit Center (KATU photo)

A large group gathered for a vigil honoring the victims of Friday's gruesome MAX train stabbing at the Hollywood Transit Center Saturday night.

Tearful speaker after tearful speaker stepped into the crowd gathered in the warm, early evening sunlight to offer their condolences and urge people to fight back against hate.

Two people were killed and another injured by a man police say was yelling insults at two young Muslim women on the train. When a group of men came to the women's defense, the suspect - 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian - slashed their throats, police say.

Christian fled the scene, but was captured a short time later by police. He's faces several charges including aggravated murder.

Police identified the victims killed in Friday's attack as 53-year-old Ricky John Best - a father, Army veteran and City of Portland employee from Happy Valley, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche - a recent Reed College graduate living in Southeast Portland. A third surviving victim is 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland. He's in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

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Watch video of the vigil below:

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