Man killed in MAX stabbing was father, Army vet, City of Portland employee

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One of two men killed in a stabbing on a MAX train Friday afternoon was a city of Portland employee and 23-year Army veteran.

Police identified the victims killed in Friday's attack as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Southeast Portland. A third surviving victim is 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland.

Ricky Best worked for the City of Portland's Bureau of Developments Services (BDS) after serving 23 years in the Army. He was also a father to four children - three boys and a girl, according to KATU's News partners at Willamette Week.

David Austin, a spokesman for Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, says Best was a tech specialist for the data permitting section of BDS. He had been working there since January of 2015.

Police say 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian was harassing two young Muslim women on a MAX train headed toward the Hollywood Transit Center, when two men - including Best - stepped in to intervene. Christian stabbed and killed Best and Taliesin Myrddin, and injured a third man, Micah Fletcher, police say.

Read more about the deadly attack here


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