This is absolutely horrific.
Two men were stabbed to death on Friday evening in Portland, Oregon, when they tried to stop another man from “ranting and raving” and yelling at two young Muslim women on the train.
According to witnesses, a white male passenger later identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian (pictured in his mugshot, above) was riding around on the train on Friday afternoon when he started yelling hate speech “towards a variety of ethnicities and religions.”
Some of the slurs were specifically aimed at two female passengers that appeared to be Muslim, including one who was wearing a hijab, according to the Portland police.
Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police, said:
“It appears preliminarily that the victims — at least a couple of them — were trying to intervene in his behavior, deescalate him and protect some other people on the train when [the suspect] viciously attacked them. It’s horrific. There’s no other word to describe what happened today. It is simply horrible.”
Such terrible, terrible news.
R.I.P. to all the victims of this unimaginable tragedy.
[Image via Portland Police Bureau.]