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Oregon stabbing suspect gripes about free speech

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The Latest on a stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light rail train that left two men dead. Authorities say the suspect directed an anti-Muslim rant at two women. (all times local):
    
2:54 p.m.
    
The man police say fatally stabbed two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade shouted "you call it terrorism I call it patriotism!" during his first court appearance.
    
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was in Multnomah County courtroom Tuesday afternoon facing two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges for the Friday incident on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train.
    
He made repeated outbursts in court.
    
He has been appointed public defenders. Lane Borg, the head of the local public defender agency, said the office was "saddened by this tragedy" but urged people to let the justice system take its course.
    
Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. Three men on the train intervened before police say Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.
    
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1:43 p.m.
    
The man charged with stabbing three men on a Portland light-rail train told jailers that he has no income, no mental health issues and does not remember the last time he had a permanent address.
    
Court documents based on Jeremy Christian's interview at the Multnomah County Jail show he was concerned about free speech. The interviewer wrote that Christian became loud and animated when talking about what he believed to be the suppression of free speech.
    
Christian says he went to school through 9th grade, but passed the high school equivalency exam commonly known as the G.E.D. and took some community college classes.
    
Christian has three prior felonies.
    
Christian faces aggravated murder and other charges. Police say he went into a racist tirade on the train and stabbed the men who intervened, killing two and wounding a third.
    
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12:20 p.m.
    
The homicide detective investigating a triple stabbing on a Portland light-rail train says in court documents that surveillance and cellphone video shows 35-year-old Jeremy Christian cutting the three victims with a knife last Friday.
    
Detective Michele Michaels says in a probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday that the videos have audio of Christian spewing racial and religious epithets during the attack that killed two men and wounded a third.
    
Michaels says surviving victim Micah Fletcher told her Christian yelled the epithets and also threatened to decapitate people.
    
Police and witnesses say the victims were defending two teen girls who were the focus of Christian's tirade. One is black and the other was wearing a hijab. Michaels says the girls told her they had felt threatened.
    
Christian faces charges of aggravated murder and other crimes.
    
He told jailers he has no permanent address.
    
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10:10 a.m.
    
The mother of a 23-year-old man stabbed to death on a Portland light-rail train while trying to defend two young women from an anti-Muslim tirade has asked President Trump to encourage Americans to protect and watch out for each other.
    
In a letter to Trump, Asha Deliverance said her son Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and two other men acted did not hesitate to confront the bully because the two female passengers were being harassed.  Her son and another man died. A third man was injured and released from a hospital Tuesday.
    
Deliverance says she is grieving but proud of her son's selfless action.
    
She urged Trump to condemn acts of violence that result from hate speech and hate groups. She says such a step would deeply honor her son's sacrifice.
    
The president said in a tweet Monday that the three stabbing victims stood up to hate and intolerance, and the attack was unacceptable.
    
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8:55 a.m.
    
The lone surviving victim of a triple stabbing aboard a Portland light-rail train has been released from the hospital.
    
Micah Fletcher suffered a neck wound Friday after coming to the defense of two young women who were verbally abused by a man before he allegedly stabbed Fletcher and two other men who died. One of the women was wearing a hijab.
    
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Julie Reed spokeswoman said Tuesday that the 21-year-old man was discharged.
    
Fletcher is a local college student and poet.
    
Back in high school, he won a citywide Portland Public Schools poetry slam. In one of his poems, he spoke out against the prejudice faced by Muslims since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
    
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12:23 A.M.
    
The man police say fatally stabbed two other men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train makes his initial court appearance Tuesday and the city's mayor says he hopes the slayings will inspire "changes in the political dialogue in this country."
    
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, faces two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges.
    
The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. Three other men on the train intervened before police say Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.
    
President Donald Trump condemned the stabbings, writing Monday on Twitter: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them."
    
Mayor Ted Wheeler said he appreciated Trump's words but stressed the need for action. Wheeler urged organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" in Portland and other similar events next weekend, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous.

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