In addition to being a hero, Fletcher is an accomplished poet. In 2013, while still in high school, he won a city-wide poetry slam for a piece about anti-Muslim sentiment after 9/11. "I just hope that people are listening and try to do something about it," he said at the time.
As for the poem he wrote from his hospital bed, it too is about standing up to hatred:
I, am alive, . I spat in the eye of hate and lived. This is what we must do for one another We must live for one another We must fight for one Mother We must die in the name dfreedome if we have to. Luckily it's not my turn today.
Fletcher's girlfriend, Miranda Helm, told the Oregonian that Fletcher's wound was only millimeters away from his jugular, and that he underwent two hours of surgery to remove bone fragments from his throat this weekend. A friend of Fletcher's has set up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical expenses.
Christian is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree, and felony possession of a restricted weapon. He is a proud and extremely public white supremacist who led a counter demonstration at a free-speech event in Portland just a few weeks ago.