Target of deadly hate crime attack in Portland speaks

Claudine Rigal
Mai 29, 2017

Note he did not mention that the alleged attacker was a Christian white supremacist, did not mention he was attacking young Muslim women, and did not even mention that one of the victims was a veteran.

Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, urged President Donald Trump to mention the names of two who were killed Friday in Portland, Ore., after defending two women that police said were the target of an anti-Muslim rant.

Sixteen-year-old Destinee Mangum was with her friend on the MAX train on May 26 when they were racially abused by white supremacist Jeremy Christian.

She says the man said they were nothing and they should kill themselves.

The teens moved toward the back of the train, preparing to get off at the next stop.

As financial support began to pour in for the victims and memorials continued to grow near the scene of the attacks, including a crowd that gathered Saturday night for a candlelight vigil, Portland Imam Muhammad A. Najieb praised the three men who interceded.

A fundraising page launched by Najieb's group for the families of the victims, including the two young women, had raised $50,000 in its first hours.

"Christian, who had previously expressed bigoted views about race and religion on social media, slashed at all three men's necks, killing both Best and Namkai-Meche".

The stabbings happened at the start of Ramadan, a monthlong Muslim holy period of prayer, fasting and charity.

Christian, the suspect, has been arrested on two charges of aggravated murder, in addition to two counts of second-degree intimidation, and possessing a restricted weapon.

Rick Best was fatally stabbed on a train in Portland, Oregon Saturday, according to Portland police.

The mother of a 21-year-old man, who survived being stabbed aboard a MAX train in Portland last Friday, met the man who is credited with helping his son soon after he was stabbed.

He started screaming ethnic and religious slurs at the two girls, police said. "We held it together, I just prayed, all I could do was pray".

Federal authorities are now trying to decide whether Christian will face hate crime charges. He is scheduled to to appear in court on Tuesday. I encourage you to read about their lives. She says she wants to thank the people who put their lives on the line for her.

"In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behaviour and some of the people that he was yelling at", police Sgt. Pete Simpson told The Oregonian. However, he said, "It is still an American city".

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