• Murdered hero of Portland train attack was a Stevenson student

    Facebook photo by Prof. Noelwah Netusil released by Reed College

    The world is now aware of an alleged hate crime that took place on an Oregon train last week. A white supremacist confronted two teen-aged girls, one of them wearing hijab, and began shouting anti-Islam and racial epithets at the frightened girls. He shouted that they should go back to Saudi Arabia and should kill themselves. The girls moved to the back of the train. According to one of the girls, Destinee Magnum, who said they were ready to get off the train, three strangers intervened with the ranting criminal, telling the man that he “can’t disrespect these young ladies like that.”

    The man instead attacked the three, stabbing them and sending “blood everywhere,” Magnum told reporters. She and her friend escaped the train and ran away. The perpetrator was captured and arrested and is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

    Of the three Good Samaritans, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, OR died at the scene. The military veteran worked as a technician for the city of Portland.

    Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland, died at the hospital. It has come to light that Meche was once a student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, and would have graduated with the Class of 2012. He withdrew and finished high school in Ashland, OR where he was raised. He had graduated from Portland’s Reed College with a degree in economics last year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.

    The third victim, Micah Fletcher, 21, is still in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

    Sam Radseresht, a fellow student with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche at Stevenson during those formative years, is now living in New York. He writes of his friend, “Tilly:”

    “It has been a very difficult day after hearing the news of my friend Taliesin Myrddin‘s sudden passing. Tilly had an incredible soul and I consider myself very fortunate to have known him through my high school years at Stevenson School. He was one of the few people at the time that I could confide in, and be myself around. He always made you feel better, brought laughter to every class we shared, and lifted everybody’s spirit so effortlessly. I am a better person today because of him. This world is too heinous and not enough is being said or done about white supremacy/terrorism. Rest in peace, Tilly.”

    While at Stevenson, Taliesen participated in sailing classes and worked with the campus radio station, KSPB. Head of school, Kevin Hicks, has written those connected with Stevenson School about the incident.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 29, 2017

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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