Anti-Muslim banter blamed for death of two men in U.S. city

OREGON — It’s unclear what was actually said, but a man who was yelling racial slurs and “hate speech” aboard a Portland MAX train on Friday afternoon got into an altercation with three other men and ended up killing two of them.

The three people were stabbed when they tried to stop the man from yelling “hate speech and biased language” at two women who appeared to be Muslim, according to Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson, noting that it’s unknown if the man’s words were actually directed against Muslims. But one of the women he was allegedly yelling at appeared to be wearing a hijab.

According to police, two of the men stabbed died at the scene, while the third victim is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. “They were attacked viciously,” said Simpson, noting that the knife-wielding suspect was white.

Meanwhile, there have been local reports that a white man named Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated murder and attempted murder. However, Portland police have not confirmed that he was the man who committed the train stabbing.

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