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Angel Sauls, left, helps her stepdaughter, Coco Douglas arrange a sign and some painted rocks she made for a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, May 27, 2017, for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)

The victims of the Portland stabbing were an army grad and a recent college grad


An army grad and a recent college grad. Those were the two killed in the fatal stabbing on a commuter train in Portland.

The two victims were killed after they intervened in "hate speech coming from a man and directed to two women on a Metropolitan Express Train. 

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Rick Best were the names of the two killed.

23-year-old Meche had just graduated from Portland's Reed College with a degree in economics just last year. 

He had just bought a house and had dreams of having children in the future, his sister told CNN. 

"He was a hero and will remain a hero," his mother wrote in a Facebook post following the death.

Best has served in the military for 23 years before becoming an electronic repairman so he could spend more time with his kids, according to his family.

He also ran for county commissioner in his county in 2014, albeit unsuccessfully.

A spokesperson for the Portland commissioners told CNN Best was a "devoted husband" and model "public servant."

The suspect in the case, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been arrested on aggravated murder charges.

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