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Portland MAX attack: What we know

A brutal stabbing following a hateful verbal attack in Portland left two dead, one injured and a community in mourning.

Sara Roth

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Editor's note: This story was published on May 28, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – On a Friday afternoon as commuters rode Portland’s TriMet light rail home before Memorial Day Weekend, a 35-year-old Portland man hurled hate speech at two young women on a train. Three men intervened and were brutally stabbed. Two died.

The attack by a self-proclaimed white nationalist shocked the nation and sent the Portland community into mourning. As makeshift memorials blossom, local, state and national leaders grapple with how to move forward, while planned alt-right rallies loom and the liberal city’s racist pulse continues to beat.

Details surrounding Friday’s attack and the motive behind it are still emerging. This is what we know.