FBI assisting investigation in Portland attack

Claudine Rigal
Mai 29, 2017

"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me", Mangum told CNN affiliate KPTV, as her voice cracked.

Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn't know against hatred. The incident took place on Friday. Outrage over the deadly assault, messages of support for the victims and expressions of antipathy for the attacker have dominated social media and news coverage. He was arrested a short time after the attack when he was confronted by other men.

In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations blamed an increase in anti-Muslim incidents in part on President Donald Trump's focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

The pair have been described as heroes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Portland's mayor but President Trump has not commented, despite tweeting 10 times about other topics on Sunday.

The mother of one of the girls the victims were defending posted on Facebook thanking them for what they did, KOIN reports.

"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country", Magnum said. "In order to help them heal from this traumatic event we are raising funds to help girls to move on and feel safe in the future".

In total, various pages have raised nearly one million dollars for the victims and their families. People stopped with flowers, candles, signs and painted rocks for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday, while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women, including one wearing a Muslim head covering, on a light-trail train in Portland. Witnesses that were on the train, they're telling police that a man was threatening two teenage girls.

"I saw the guy stabbed in the neck and bleeding", she said.

Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, died at the scene. "He was an Army veteran killed on Memorial Day weekend", Wheeler said at a news conference, his voice breaking.

Meche was a Reed College graduate. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured in the attack, as well.

For her part, Destinee said the situation, and the attention brought on her family because of it, has been hard to deal with. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. "Shining bright star I love you forever".

Jeremy Christian, 35, was recorded ranting and raving about religion the night before the Friday train attack.

According to Portland police, Christian has a criminal record including charges of felony robbery, kidnapping and weapons convictions. They plan to arraign him in court on Tuesday, but they haven't mentioned whether or not they believe he is a white supremacist or is a known white supremacist among Portland police authorities.

The FBI are working with Portland police, and say it is too early to decide whether the killings qualify as a hate crime, however Christian is charged with two counts of intimidation, the state equivalent of a hate crime.

On April 29, local reporter Mike Bivins filmed Christian at a march by the far right.

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