Portland, OR – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement on Friday’s attack on the MAX train in Portland:
“This was a terrible tragedy. Champions of justice risked and lost their lives. With all Oregonians, I stand with the families of those heroes.
“And we all stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters who have had to face discrimination and fear. Actions and words of hate are unacceptable, and un-American.
“This horrific attack was a stark reminder of the evil of hate. No community should have to suffer that evil. And it is up to each of us to overcome it.
“As Portlanders, as Oregonians, and as Americans, we must stand together to defy hate; to show that the spirit of those good Samaritans is stronger than evil; and that compassion, courage and love will prevail.”