IRCO Statement on MAX Tragedy

On behalf of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Executive Director Lee Po Cha and IRCO’s Board of Directors, representing the communities we serve:

We are horrified and our hearts are broken by the tragic event that took place at the Hollywood MAX Station late Friday afternoon, May 26, 2017. We grieve for the two brave men who lost their lives as they stood up and protected two teenage girls, one African American and the other a Muslim. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we wish for a speedy recovery for the third injured commuter who intervened. Furthermore, our heartfelt thanks goes to other commuters who notified the authorities, ensuring that the perpetrator was captured by authorities.

Although we are shaken by these events, we will not be deterred. As we move forward from this terrible act of violence, IRCO will continue to fulfill our mission and support our immigrant and refugee communities, providing a safe space and helping them achieve safety, equality, justice and self-sufficiency. We urge you to join us in this difficult time to come together in love and compassion to stand up and speak out against injustice, violence and hatred.

There are ways we can all take action against these traumatic events, such as becoming part of collaborative efforts like those taken by Portland United Against Hate. Please explore our website to learn more about how you can support our immigrant and refugee communities.