TriMet, city to create permanent Hollywood MAX memorial

Undamaged items will be consolidated into one memorial

Max stabbing victim Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche's mother left this new memorial piece, June 23, 2017. (KOIN)
Max stabbing victim Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche's mother left this new memorial piece, June 23, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Crews and volunteers cleaned up the memorial for the MAX stabbing victims at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon.

 Crews and volunteers cleaned up the memorial for the MAX stabbing victims at the Hollywood Transit Center on June 23, 2017. (KOIN)
Crews and volunteers cleaned up the memorial for the MAX stabbing victims at the Hollywood Transit Center on June 23, 2017. (KOIN)

TriMet is working with the city to come up with a more permanent memorial to honor the victims.

The memorial was created in the days following the stabbing deaths of Ricky Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche on May 26. Best and Namkai Meche were killed after standing up for two girls being verbally assaulted by a man on the MAX.

Thirty-five-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested near the scene and is charged in the deadly crime.

Community members placed flowers, candles, signs and painted rocks at the site and wrote in chalk along the cement walls.

Over the past few weeks, the condition of the memorial has deteriorated. On Friday, crews worked together to get rid of spent flowers and anything else damaged by the weather.

TriMet and the City of Portland are coordinating the effort to form an advisory committee and commission an artist to create a meaningful, permanent memorial at the Hollywood Transit Center.

Undamaged items at the memorial were preserved during Friday’s cleanup and will be consolidated into one memorial.

It’s unclear when the permanent memorial will go into place or what it will be.

 Crews and volunteers cleaned up the memorial for the MAX stabbing victims at the Hollywood Transit Center on June 23, 2017. (KOIN)
Crews and volunteers cleaned up the memorial for the MAX stabbing victims at the Hollywood Transit Center on June 23, 2017. (KOIN)