The moment a white supremacist, accused of killing two men and causing injuries to another, begged police to shoot him was captured on camera and has now been published online.
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, launched a racist tirade against two teenage girls wearing hijab. Three men came to the rescue of the girls but ended up getting stabbed by Christian.
53-year-old Rick Best, a Portland employee and retired Army platoon sergeant who served for 23 years, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche both died in the attack. The third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was stabbed in the neck and required surgery to remove bone fragments from his throat, but he survived and is recovering in hospital.
After Christian was accosted by police officers following the attack, he can be seen in the video shouting at the officers to shoot him. Larry Blackwood, a man who was travelling on the train one carriage behind the alleged attacker, can be heard in the video saying:
“So this guy just f***ing killed about three people. He stabbed three people on the MAX, that’s why we chased his a** down.
While Blackwood, who works as a cook nearby, was talking a team of police officers were seen surrounding Christian.
‘F*** you, f***ing kill me,’ the alleged killer can be heard yelling at the officers, as he held a knife in one hand and what looked like a beer can in the other. He was seen pouring liquid on himself to wash the blood off his clothing.
He continued shouting: “Shoot me! Go ahead and shoot me in the back, you piece of s***… If you want to get my knife you have to kill me, f***ers.”
Blackwood told the Williamette Week what he saw when Christian got out of the train after hearing people crying from ahead of him on the train.
“I heard a woman scream, ‘He’s stabbing people.’ I jumped up and said ‘Then f***ing stop him.'” He added that he saw two men on the ground: “Holding their necks, bleeding out of their necks, like thick black blood… I could smell the blood, there was so much of it.”
Blackwood recalled how he and two other men from the train chased after Christian, until they caught up to him at a crossing on 47th Street. He stopped there, turned around and pulled out his knife then faced Blackwood and the other men, asking them “You want some?”. Blackwood replied in the negative and that saved them. They later saw a police officer driving by after they crossed over 47th and they alerted the officer.
A woman on the train, Rachel Macy, who was there for 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche as he died revealed his final words. She said that as she took off her shirt put on him and began to pray, she told him that he was a beautiful man and she was sorry the world was so cruel to which he replied:
“Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them.”
Destinee Mangum, one of the two girls initially attacked by Christian, told KPTV she believes her and her friend would be dead if not for the Fletcher, Best, and Namkai-Meche. When Christian attacked the girls, he allegedly shouted at them to “go back to Saudi Arabia”, to “get out of his country”, and to “kill themselves”.
The night before he launched the deadly attack, Christian was filmed going on another racist rant while on public transport. A woman recorded him yelling out racist rants while on a bus, saying: “F*** all you Christians and Muslims and f****** Jews , f****** die. Burn you at the stake… f****** die”. That same night he was also maced by a black woman after hurling a bottle of Gatorade at her. He had also been seen at a ‘free speech’ on April 29 and tried to carry in a baseball bat, but it was seized by police.
Buhari not a democrat, must be sacked in 2019 – Atiku averred
POLITICS – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being undemocratic despite coming to power in 2015 through a democratic process.
Atiku stated this on Thursday when he visited Kogi State delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidential aspirant noted that Nigerians are presently suffering under the All Progressive Congress-led Federal Government.
He debunked the insinuation that he currently holds grudge against his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I will continue to express my reservations on the willingness of President Buhari to hand over power. I have a simple and straight explanation for this. When Buhari took over power in 1983, they asked him of his transition to civil rule, then he responded, he doesn’t have.
“My stand is that one, he is not a democrat. Secondly, he is only using democracy to go back to power. If he loses election in 2019, he must hand over power” Atiku averred.
NYSC member battling for life after soldier’s assault in Kaduna camp
The corper, set to complete his service next month, had been appointed to the brigade band to train the current corps members. However, at the end of the parade, he excused himself and was planning to leave when a female soldier stopped him and said he couldn’t go.
He allegedly tried to explain to the soldier that he had to leave, as he is not bounded by the camp rules, but the soldier started harassing him. A male soldier later joined his colleague and kicked the corper, who fell and landed awkwardly on his head. The soldier was said to have pulled him up with his belt, raised him high and dropped him, making him faint immediately.
The victim was then rushed to the camp clinic, where preliminary assessment showed that he broke his neck in the process. He was later rushed out of the camp to a clinic and it’s being rumored that he is now between life and death.
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