Portland Stabbing Victim’s Mother Hugs Muslim Woman In Iconic Photo

While telling the people gathered at the vigil to “give it up for love”, Deliverance embraced a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf.

Asha Deliverance lost her 23-year-old son Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche to hate crime when he was stabbed in Portland, Oregon while defending two young women on a train.

“Tell everyone on the train I love them,” he said before he died.

But nothing can dampen the woman’s spirit, as she appears to have a “huge heart” and “a joyful and magical spirit” just like her son.

Following the attack, hundreds of Portlanders gathered for a vigil to remember the heroes of the incident, Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Rick Best, who were killed standing up to hatred.

A photo from the vigil, making rounds on the internet shows Deliverance embracing people in the crowd, including a woman wearing a headscarf. She also told people fathered to “Give it up for love” and cried while holding up a picture of her son.


Deliverance had written an open letter to President Donald Trump soon after the attack.

 “Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another. Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so,” the letter read.

People are commending Deliverance for her bravery and kindness in trying times like these.






A LaunchGood fund kicked off by two Muslim nonprofit groups is raising money to support the families of the victims.

In the meanwhile, Deliverance has been sharing heartbreaking posts about her son on Facebook.

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