Statement from Commissioner Loretta Smith after MAX stabbing deaths

May 27, 2017

"Yesterday afternoon, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, two good Samaritans were stabbed to death while coming to the aid of two young women who appeared to be Muslim.

While traveling on a MAX train in Northeast Portland, at least three men intervened when they witnessed the verbal assault on fellow passengers, one of whom was wearing an hijab. All three were stabbed, two fatally.

I am shocked and saddened by this news, and send my thoughts and prayers to the families of the heroes who gave their lives in defense of others.

I am also deeply saddened that the hate and vitriol that appears to have become the norm around the country has made it all the way into District 2 of Multnomah County.

I stand with my Muslim friends and community members as they try to understand this horrible crime. This apparent hate crime is all the more vicious as the Muslim community enters their most holy celebration during the month of Ramadan, which begins today.

I'd like to remind those who may need help in the wake of this tragic event that Multnomah County has its Mental Health Call Center available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people who may be in crisis, despondent or feel they need to talk with someone after this traumatic event. Trained operators are available at 503-988-4888. Individuals can also call toll-free to 800-716-9769. The hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to the center. 

For more information about mental health services in the metro area, visit /mhas/mental-health-crisis-intervention. There is hope. We are here to listen."

If Commissioner Smith can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call our District 2 office at 503-988-5219.