PORTLAND, Ore. – The Latest on the fatal stabbing in Portland, Oregon (all times are local):
KPTV reports that one of the victims of the hate that ended with a double-fatal stabbing is sending her thanks to those who came to her defense.
Sixteen-year-old Destineé Mangum told FOX 12 that she and her 17-year-old friend was riding the train when Jeremy Christian approached she screams what is described as hate speech.
Mangum said her boyfriend is Muslim, but she’s not.
Mangum says the man told them “to go back to Saudi Arabia” and told them to get out of “his country.”
She says that the man she said nothing, and they should kill themselves.
The girls were scared and moved to the rear of the train, while a stranger jumped in to help.
As the girls prepared to leave the train, they turned around and say that the guy stabbing people and they began to run for their lives.
Muslims in Portland, Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said that they are raising money for the families of the two men who were killed when they came to the defense of the two young women to wear a hijab — that was attacked by an anti-Muslim rant.
“I am very grateful as a Muslim, I am very grateful as a Portlander … that we stand here together as one,” Muhammad A. Najieb, imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday.
The two young women “could have been the victims, but the three heroes jumped on and supported them,” he said.
A fundraising page launched by his group for the families of the dead, a surviving victim, and the two young women had raised $50,000 in the first hour, Najieb said.
The police said they will examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of the defendant Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who is accused of killing two men Friday. Christian social media messages indicate an affinity for the Nazi’s and political violence.
The attack took place on a light-rail train on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for the Muslims.
Christian was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested a short time after the attack when he was confronted by other men.