Remembering a hero

Ashland, Ore. — Leaders from every religion came together Wednesday evening to celebrate the life of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche.

Celebrating a life that ended too soon, after he was fatally stabbed on a Portland train while defending a Muslim girl and her friend.

“Taliesin always wrapped his love around everybody, especially those who were having a tough time,” remembered Asha Deliverance, Taliesin’s mom.

She and those close to him say Taliesin was a gentle, caring and understanding man who also had a free spirit.

“He was just a wild child, a wild spirit, a beautiful soul, and had a big exuberance for life that was unstoppable.”

Deliverance says his act was a wedge in the door to end bigotry and hatred. And she hopes his sacrifice is only the start in a movement of choosing love.

“I am so proud of you for doing that Taliesin.”

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