PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –Transit officials halted 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.
MAX operators stopped trains at their nearest station and bus drivers pulled over at stops or along their routes at noon Friday. Hundreds of people gathered at the Hollywood Transit Center to participate in the minute of silence.
Governor Kate Brown ordered flags across the state to be lowered from Friday morning until Monday evening in honor of the funerals of Rick Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer was there to pay his respects, arriving shortly after speaking to the brother of one of the victims. He called it, “a terrific expression of community commitment.”
He said the Oregon delegation has introduced legislation memorializing the attack and drawing attention to the victim’s courage and community response.
Portland State University also honored the moment of silence. The surviving victim of the attack, Micah Fletcher, is a student there.
Best and Namkai Meche were stabbed to death after standing up for two girls being verbally assaulted by a man on the MAX.
35-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested near the scene and is charged in the deadly crime.