I was driving on Biddle Road and noticed the gigantic flag at the Ford dealership was nearly touching the pavement. Can you tell me why? Did someone die? I saw other flags that weren't at half-staff.

— Harold J., Eagle Point

As you may recall, Harold, two people died trying to protect two young woman on a commuter train in Portland.

By order of Gov. Kate Brown, flags were lowered to half-staff between sunrise Friday, June 2, and Monday, June 5, in honor of Ashland High School graduate Taliesin Meche and Rick Best, who were stabbed to death by a man threatening two girls on a train May 26.

Meche, 23, was a 2016 graduate of Reed College who majored in economics. Rick Best, 53, of Happy Valley was an Army veteran and city of Portland employee. Micah Fletcher, a 21-year-old poet and Portland State University student, is recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.

Jeremy Christian, 35, has been charged with aggravated murder and pleaded not guilty May 30 in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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