Suspect in fatal Portland, Ore., attack yells about 'free speech' in courtroom

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"Think I stab (expletives) in the neck for fun?"

She said her son had died a hero, like Americans honored on Memorial Day.

In the squad vehicle, police recorders captured statements by Christian, the affidavit said according to Willamette Week.

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"The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they are from here or not - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country, he said". I'm gonna say that on the stand. "I'll stab you, too, (expletive)", he said.

Jeremy Christian made his first appearance on murder, assault and other charges in connection with the knife attack last week on a Portland light-rail train.

The aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.

CNN has reached out to Christian's attorney for comment. It cited train security video and passengers' cell phone video.

The two men killed on Friday while defending two women, one of who was Muslim, against a man spewing hate speech on an OR train have been identified by police.

"Go home. We need Americans here!" "Get out if you don't like free speech". "We're here,"' Macy told the newspaper. The day before the stabbing, Christian yelled Islamophobic threats at the driver of another MAX train, according to video surveillance. Just before Christian was walked out of the courtroom, he tried another outburst.

KK told KOIN he was upset, complaining about the city and "venting to his friend on the phone about some girl that just pepper-sprayed him".

She said it all happened so fast. One man intervened and tried to verbally de-escalate the situation, the affidavit said.

"Then they just all started arguing", Mangum said.

Just before the arraignment started, the surviving victim, Micah Fletcher, was escorted into the courtroom surrounded by his family. A representative of Namkai Meche's family told The Washington Post that they were dismayed it had taken him so long and that the message came from Trump's less-followed @POTUS account rather than @realDonaldTrump.

Micah Fletcher during a Don't Shoot PDX march, July 2, 2017. Best was standing closest to Christian, and was the first to try to calm him down.

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"Hit me again", Christian replied.

Christian then was allegedly seen on video swinging his right hand toward Fletcher while simultaneously opening the blade to stab Fletcher in the neck. Before that moment, Macy and Meche had been strangers.

"I'm healing. That's what I'm doing. Please, get off this train", he reportedly said.

A hospital spokeswoman says Fletcher was released Monday night.

According to the affidavit, Christian entered the train at 4:19 p.m. Friday.

Christian was waving his knife when he got off the train, Robinson told KATU. He also made anti-Muslim remarks.

Some passengers stayed behind to help Best and Namkai-Meche.

Earlier Monday, Trump honored US military members who died while serving their country during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Best, a 23-year Army veteran, worked as a technician for the city's Bureau of Development Services and once ran for Clackamas County commissioner.

A mortally wounded Namkai-Meche lay on the floor of the train.

As she pressed her own shirt onto the wound on his neck, she looked into his eyes. She and another man stayed by the recent college graduate's side, she told the Oregonian. "We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray", recalled Macy. "What you did was total kindness". Among several posts that were both anti-circumcision and anti Semitic and anti-Muslim he wrote: "I want a job in Norway cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize Babies...."

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