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.
Asha Deliverance, the mom of Portland hero Taliesin Meche, at a vigil for the victims. She has so much grace, it's remarkable. pic.twitter.com/7nsCpQitTk— Yashar Ali (@yashar) May 30, 2017
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.
An amazing woman who raised an equally amazing, courageous man. Heroes. This is the best of America. We will overcome.— Meghan (@meghanchel) May 30, 2017
I love her. The stories I've read about her son tell me he shared many qualities with her. Horrible. We need more ppl like them.— Natasha Mascara (@highsteaksgames) May 30, 2017
I'm guessing he died being the man she raised him to be. There has to be solace in that. There has to be. ??— VerdaderaEsq? (@Verdaderaesq) May 30, 2017
A generous soul and beautiful,nurturing mother. She raised a brave son who stood up against a hate. I'm in awe of her courage right now.— Seychelles_Green (@activistHistori) May 30, 2017
I am profoundly moved by this inspiring woman, Asha. This photo should be published on Time magazine. Heartbreaking and heart opening.????— Susan A Schratter (@susanamanda) May 30, 2017
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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