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Portland: Teen Girl Targeted in Muslim Hate Crime Thanks Her Defenders

Destinee Mangum, 16, was one of the teenage girls at the center of a stabbing attack in Portland, Oregon. She has shared an emotional message of gratitude for the men who died defending them. | Image: Fox 12 Oregon KPTV

Destinee Mangum, 16, was riding a Portland MAX train Friday with a 17-year-old-friend who is Muslim and was wearing a hijab, according to The Oregonian, when a man later identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, allegedly began verbally abusing the two girls.

Two men, Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, intervened on the girls’ behalf and were fatally stabbed. A third man who confronted Christian, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived the attack.

Teen Girl Give Thanks for Men Who Died Defending Her

In tears, Mangum told Fox affiliate KPTV this weekend that she wanted “to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me, because they didn’t even know me.”

“They lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we looked,” Mangum continued. “I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and I appreciate them, because without them we probably would be dead right now.”

Christian is known to authorities as a white supremacist and has previously been convicted of several felonies, according to the Portland Mercury. Before the attack, he was “ranting and raving,” Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said.  Read the full story…. huffingtonpost.com


CBS News: Two men stabbed to death in Portland on train

(CBS News) At the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two men were stabbed to death in Portland, Oregon after confronting a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs to two women on a train. Carter Evans has the latest news.


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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/portland-train-stabbing-witness-recalls-victims-last-words/Portland train stabbing: Witness recalls victim’s last words A woman who tried to help one of the Portland train stabbing victims in his final moments is speaking … She said her friend is Muslim, but she’s not. “He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia, and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his country …



http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/us/portland-train-teenager-stabbing/index.htmlTeen on Portland train: ‘They lost their lives because of me and my friend’ (CNN)As tears streamed down her cheeks, Destinee Mangum, 16, thanked the three strangers who intervened on a Portland light-rail train after a man hurled anti-Muslim slurs at her … as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, stabbed the three victims, according …



http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-portland-stabbing-20170527-story.htmlWhite supremacist arrested in fatal stabbing of two men after anti-Muslim rant in Portland A 35-year-old white supremacist with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths Friday of two men on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., who intervened when he began to hurl anti-Muslim epithets at two women, one who was …



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Cee Harmon is founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine. He enjoys helping people improve the quality of their lives - spirit, soul, and body.
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