Trains, buses to halt in honor of men killed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Transit officials plan to halt all buses and trains Friday in a moment of silence honoring the men killed and others affected by the attack on a northeast Portland train.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/y5ktAS ) that MAX operators will stop trains at their nearest station and bus drivers will pull over at stops or along their routes at noon Friday.

TriMet also invites the public to participate in the minute of silence.

“TriMet stands together with our community,” the agency said in a statement.

The statement refers to Rick Best, 53; Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23; and Micah Fletcher, 21. Best and Namkai-Meche died of multiple stab wounds. Fletcher was released from an area hospital late on Monday.

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4:40 p.m.

Prosecutors say the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train confessed while in the back seat of a patrol car after his arrest.

Court documents released Tuesday say Jeremy Joseph Christian was captured on video and audio surveillance saying he had stabbed three people in the neck. Two died.

The probable cause affidavit written by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin says Christian also calls himself a “patriot” and says, “That’s what liberalism gets you” as he discusses the killings.

Christian appeared in court on aggravated murder and other charges Tuesday, but he didn’t enter a plea.

His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholl, didn’t immediately return a call.

Authorities say he stabbed three men who tried to stop him from shouting anti-Muslim slurs at two young women. One of the women was wearing a Muslim head covering and both were black.

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4:05 p.m.

Commotion erupted outside the courtroom as the man charged with stabbing three men aboard a Portland light-rail train was arraigned.

Just as Jeremy Christian concluded his brief appearance, yelling and screaming could be heard…

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