Messages of Love, Hope, and Gratitude
from the Hollywood Transit Center Memorial
On May 26, 2017, three men on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon spoke up in an attempt to protect two teenagers who were being verbally attacked with hateful racist and anti-Muslim speech. As they attempted to calm the man who was threatening the girls, the men were brutally stabbed. Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche died from the attack. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, the third man who stood up against hate on the train, was severely wounded but is recovering.
In the weeks following this brutal tragedy, a powerful memorial spontaneously emerged at the Hollywood MAX Transit Center station. People of many ages and backgrounds left hundreds of messages, flowers, teddy bears and other mementos to express their caring and condolences.
In order to preserve the spirit and essence of the memorial long after the flowers faded and the chalk has washed away, a group of friends assisted me in transcribing and photographing many of the messages left at the site. We compiled those messages into a book, Messages of Love, Hope and Gratitude from the Hollywood Transit Center. A bound version of this book is being shared with the individuals and families most directly impacted by this tragedy. We hope it will be a reminder of the true spirit of our community and what is most important to remember about this tragedy.
An electronic version of this book can be downloaded on this page. We encourage you to share this e-book with family, friends, colleagues and organizations. We hope it will provide comfort and inspiration, as well as foster a commitment to action in order to ensure respect and justice for all people.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with this project, including Marsha Breuer, Carol Gelfer, Janet Goulston, Sue Jacoby, Susan Riggs, Barb MacKay, Ellen Regal, Skyhawk Studios, Kusum Mehndiratta and The UPS Store on Hawthorne Boulevard.