ASHLAND, Ore. -- The mother of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, one of the men stabbed and killed on a MAX train in May, says she always knew he was destined for something big.

Friends and family members held a memorial for Namkai-Meche in his hometown of Ashland on Wednesday. Many spoke about his love of poetry, his goofy sense of humor, and the extension of love he seemed to share with every person he met.

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Asha Deliveranace, Namkai-Meche's mother, says she was not surprised in the slightest her son was the one who came to the aid of the women getting harassed nearly two weeks ago.

"Oh, of course I'm proud of him!" Deliverance said on Wednesday. "And i would have probably spanked him if he didn't take care of things on that train because I would expect that of any man."

Deliverance says her son sent a message to everyone around the glob that love can beat hatred. She's hoping Jeremy Christian, the man charged with aggravated murder for the deaths of Namkai-Meche and Rick Best, will spend a lot of time behind bars.