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MAX attack, one year later: 'It’s a wakeup call, but a wakeup call to what?’

One year after the most violent crime in TriMet history, Portland honors the victims with a vibrant mural and outpouring of support. But Portland's long-term response to the tragic attack is just starting to take shape.

Sara Roth

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Published: 5/24/2018 5:23:23 PM
Updated: 7:57 AM PDT May 31, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – On May 26, 2017, the most violent crime in TriMet’s history left Portland in shock when an attacker, spewing hate speech at two young women on a MAX train, allegedly stabbed three men who stepped in to intervene.

Two of the men died and a third was left with a gash from chest to chin. They would later be hailed as heroes as the city mourned the loss of life and grappled with the meaning of a horrific hate crime on Portland’s public transit system, which thousands of people ride every day.

One year later, the suspect is in jail awaiting trial and a vibrant mural honors the victims of the attack. The mural will be dedicated on Saturday, on the anniversary of the stabbing.

But the elusive question remains for a progressive city with a history of intolerance: How will Portland change after the attack on a MAX train?

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