The day before 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was murdered in Portland last week, he shared a relatively normal evening with his girlfriend Ellie Lawrence.
On Friday, he was killed by white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian for defending two teenagers, one of whom was Muslim, on a train.
But in looking back, Lawrence told the Huffington Post, her last moments with Namkai-Meche perfectly exemplified the kind of person he was, and the dreams he held for the future.
The day before his death centered around Namkai-Meche’s new house, which he had just recently saved up enough money to buy.
The home was a turning point for the recent college graduate; he was planning a little garden in the back, had vowed to start cooking dinner more and was planning a house-warming BBQ for that upcoming weekend.
Lawrence said Namkai-Meche had done construction work on the house himself to create five bedrooms where his friends could all live together.
And last Thursday, Lawrence went over to the new house and got to work gardening with her boyfriend. Lawrence had a small corner of the plot and was thinking about planting herbs. Both of them wanted a bleeding heart bush, where tiny heart-shaped flowers would grow in strands.
They cooked dinner and Namkai-Meche went with a friend to play futsal on their team, named the Tardigrades. When he came home, Lawrence was watching TV. She said they liked to watch real estate and nature shows together.
The next morning, Lawrence told HuffPost, he ‘kissed me goodbye and said thank you.’
‘And I said, “For what?” and he said, “Thank you for coming over,” and I said, “Well, thank you for having me.”
‘And yeah, that’s it,’ she added.
Namkai-Meche was also just the kind of compassionate person to lend a helping hand, Lawrence said.
‘One night, we were walking in the park, and this man said he needed shelter, and Taliesin let this guy stay at his house,’ she said.
‘He was trusting and he was kind and he was going to step in if he saw something wrong.’
Both Lawrence and Namkai-Meche had gone to Reed College in Portland – Lawrence graduated only a few weeks ago. They had tickets to a soccer game between the Portland Thorns and the Boston Breakers for Saturday, plans to go hiking at Punch Bowl Falls later in the summer.
That all changed after Namkai-Meche left his house last Friday morning, taking the MAX train home and inevitably running into Jeremy Christian.
The man was harassing two teenagers on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab. He was screaming racist tirades at the girls and telling them to leave the country when Namkai-Meche and two other men stepped in to defend them.
Christian stabbed the men, killing Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best. Micah Fletcher, 21, was taken to hospital with a large stab wound but survived.
Namkai-Meche’s last words, as revealed by a woman who came to his aid while he was dying, said everything about his personality.
‘Tell everyone on this train I love them,’ he said.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Amanda Ulrich