TriMet announces MAX stabbing memorials
TriMet announced details of their plans to create two tributes — one permanent and one temporary — honoring the people who were killed, injured and threatended during the well-publicized MAX stabbing on May 26.
The regional transit agency's publc information officer Roberta Altstadt made the announcement Thursday, saying the tributes will also honor those killed, hurt, and the young women who were harassed.
The first tribute is a "large commemorative plaque" that will be placed at the Hollywood Transit Center permanently. After talking to the families of those attacked involved in the incident, designer John Larsen was picked to commission the piece.
The plaque will by 4 feet by 6 feet and made of porcelain enamel on steel. It will feature descriptive text mixed with images of the memorial created by friends, family and strangers in the following days after the attack to honor Ricky Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Micah Fletcher, as well as the women.
Best and Namkai Meche were killed after standing up for two women being verbally assaulted by a man on the MAX. Fletcher was severely wounded but survived.
Jeremy Christian was arrested near the scene and is charged in the deadly crime.
TriMet said the art will be installed at the transit center by May 26, 2018.
The second tribute will be a mural similar to all the messages that filled the walls of the transit center. TriMet said an artist will paint some of the original words that people wrote on the walls.
This piece of art will be temporary as TriMet has plans to renovate the transit center.