PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday, three people aboard a TriMet light rail train were stabbed, two fatally, after trying to calm a man who was yelling at a teenage girl wearing a hijab and her friend, The Oregonian.
Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, cut all three men in the neck, leaving two dead and another injured from knife wounds. The rampage, unlike anything that’s happened in Portland, stunned city leaders, with many in the community mourning the loss of two people they viewed as heroes for their selfless acts. For the full story, click here.
TriMet released the following statement:
"We share in the grief felt by all in our community following the horrific attack on a MAX train yesterday. To the families of those brave men who stepped up to help others, they truly are heroes and words cannot express our sorrow and sympathy.
TriMet, in coordination with Portland Police Bureau, will be reaching out to those who witnessed the attack to offer counseling. For others in the community reeling from this tragedy we urge you to seek help through the 24-hour Multnomah County Health Call Center.
TriMet, Transit Police and our law enforcement partners work every day to provide safety on the transit system and in the region. While there is no immediate threat as the individual in this attack was quickly captured by Portland Police, we are increasing security and presence on our system in the area.
While we wish we could prevent such tragedy here and around the world, this type of hate and violence creates fear in the community and can only be addressed as a community. We will stand together with our police partners, our community partners and our riders to work toward healing."