This Portland man is known for hate speech and is now custody with connection on the stabbings of two people dead and another injured after they tried to intervene as the suspect launched ‘anti-Muslim’ slurs at two young women on Friday night.
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count each of aggravated murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted firearm.
One of the two victims has been identified by his mother as Taliesin Namkai-Meche in a touching tribute posted to Facebook.
Asha Deliverance wrote: ‘Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland.
‘He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever.’
Christian’s Facebook site paints disturbing a picture of the suspect, and he describes himself by saying: ‘I’m an Ex-Con. I Like Comix, Cannabis and Metal-In Any Combination. If you are an Employer, F*** Off.’
He has been in jail for various charges like robbery, kidnapping, unlawful use of weapon and he brags about it on his page.
Christian had threatened to ‘stab some masked up b****** protesting Black Metal shows as soon as they touch me,’ in a comment thread on his Facebook profile.
On May 9, Christian wrote about a debate he challenged someone to: ‘I will defend the Nazis and he will the defend the AshkeNAZIs.’
Before attending the April 29 rally where he was caught on camera giving the Nazi salute, Christian wrote: ‘You should all attend the Free Speech Rally at Montanavilla if you value your rights. All Rights, I don’t care if you like Antifa or Hate them. They are just an excuse for a showdown.
‘I hope the Police Stand Down as in Berkeley. I will be there Demasking anyone with a mask. I will attend in Lizard King Regalia as a Political Nihilist to Provoke both Sides and attempt to engage anyone in a true Philosophy and Political Discussion.
‘If you attended masked up and that mask comes off and I see a friend who sided with ANTIFA it will be merciless. Free speech or die!!! This is my land!!!’
He also referred to President Trump the ‘antichrist,’ but that somehow turned it into a compliment.’
Christian was arrested after running to a train at the Hollywood transit station in Portland, Oregon. He has been held without bail in the Multnomah County Detention Center, and will appear in court on Tuesday.
After the suspect attacked the victims, he reportedly said, ‘This is free America, I can do whatever I want’ one witness told KOMO news.
He was talking about a lot of different things, not just specifically anti-Muslim,’ Simpson said.
Christian said he was free to do anything he liked in America according to the witness.
Simpson said the women understandably left the scene before police arrived, adding that authorities hoped to track them down to help fill in what happened.
The two women were described by police as ‘possibly Muslim’, although Simpson said: ‘We have not been able to find those girls to verify that.’
It’s horrific,’ Simpson said. ‘There’s no other word to describe what happened today.’
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley wrote on Twitter: ‘Terrible tragedy on Portland’s Max Train. Champions of justice risked and lost their lives. Hate is evil.’
Portland’s Commissioner Chloe Eudaly issued a statement saying: ‘This is an especially sad and disturbing incident. People lost their lives or were injured because they stood up to hate.
‘We need to offer our heartfelt support to the two women and others who were targeted. The courage of the people who stood up for them is a reminder that we as a city need to stand together to denounce hate.’
The FBI also offered their assistance in the investigation, saying: ‘At the core of the FBI’s mission is the belief that every person has the right to live, work and worship in this country without fear.
‘Hate and bigotry have no place in our community, and we will not allow violence in the name of hate to go unanswered.’
Our thoughts are with the Muslim community,’ Simpson said. ‘As something like this happens, this only instills fear in that community.