Family, friends hail men who died trying to stop attack

Helpful co-workers. Reliable friends. Well-liked by many who encountered them.


Those were the descriptions family, friends and colleagues gave of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, the two men who were stabbed to death Friday when they tried to intervene when a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim on a Portland light-rail train.

The following are descriptions by the Oregonian/Oregonlive.com of the lives that Namkai Meche and Best lived and the people they touched.

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TALIESIN MYRDDIN NAMKAI MECHE

Meche’s family and friends described him as someone who loved life and enjoyed helping…

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