Witness Recounts Final Words of Portland Stabbing Victim: 'I Want Everyone on the Train to Know I Love Them'
Jeremy J. Christian allegedly stabbed three men, killing two, after they intervened when he harassed a Muslim woman
A woman who comforted Portland, Oregon, train stabbing victim Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche in his final moments says his last words were ones of kindness.
Rachel Macy, who was riding the MAX train on Friday when Jeremy J. Christian allegedly stabbed three men, killing two, after they intervened when Christian harassed a Muslim woman, told local TV station KOIN that she comforted Namkai-Meche because she “just didn’t want him to be alone.”
“I took my shirt off and put it on him. We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray,” Macy told the station.
“He said, ‘Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them,’ ” Macy added. “He was a beautiful man, that’s what I want people to know.”
Macy attended a memorial gathering at the Hollywood Transit station honoring the victims. Thousands attended, including Namkai-Meche’s family.
“I told him, ‘You’re a beautiful man. I’m so sorry the world is so cruel,’” Macy said.
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Christian also allegedly stabbed and killed 53-year-old Rick Best. A third victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived but was hospitalized for his stab wounds.
“Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example, an inspiration to us all,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference following the incident, according to the Associated Press. “They are heroes.”
Christian is in custody on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a weapon, authorities previously told PEOPLE. He has reportedly not entered a plea, and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney.
A third fundraising campaign, called Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes, will “help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families.”
“We wish to respond to hate with love, to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action,” the campaign organizers wrote.
The stabbings occurred at the start of Ramadan, a monthlong Muslim holy period of prayer, fasting and increased attention to charity.