On May 26th 2017 a man known to hang out with white supremacists and scream racial slurs on public transport in Portland boarded a Max train. When he started verbally assaulting two teenage girls on the train three other passengers interfered trying to protect the girls and deescalate the situation. The attacker brutally stabbed the men, killing two and wounding the third.
In the days that followed Portlanders were trying to come to terms with the horrible tragedy. A makeshift memorial was created honoring the victims. Thousands of people and here to lay flowers, light candles and leave messages of love and gratitude. According to one witness the last words of one of the victims, the young Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche were: "Tell everyone on this train I love them".