PORTLAND, Ore. -- Family members of Jeremy Christian, the suspect in last week's gruesome MAX train attack, released a statement expressing sympathy for the victims.

The Christian Family offer their heartfelt condolences to those men who lost their lives at the hands of their son on May 26, 2017. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased; to the young women harassed; and to everyone who tried to protect these young women. We cannot begin to understand this senseless act. We abhor violence, racism, and bigotry. We are praying for healing for everyone affected by the horrible actions of our son."

A 35-year-old self-proclaimed white nationalist, Christian allegedly stabbed three men on a TriMet MAX train on May 26. Two of the men, 53-year-old Rick John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, died. The third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived the attack.

Christian attacked the men after they tried to protect two young black girls at whom Christian was yelling racist and anti-Muslim remarks. One of the girls is Muslim and was wearing a hijab.

Christian was charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, assault, intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon.

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