Mom praises men killed de­fend­ing daugh­ter in at­tack

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The mother of one of the girls who was the tar­get of a hate­filled rant against Mus­lims on a Portland train has said she is over­whelmed with grat­i­tude and sad­ness for the strangers who were stabbed to death when they came to her daugh­ter’s de­fence.

Dyjuana Hud­son posted a photo on her Face­book page Sun­day of Taliesin Myrd­din Namkai Meche, say­ing: “Thank you thank you thank you... You will al­ways be our hero .... I’m soooooo sorry this hap­pened.”

Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed Fri­day as they tried to stop Jeremy Joseph Chris­tian from ha­rass­ing Hud­son’s 16-year-old daugh­ter, Desti­nee Mangum, and her friend, author­i­ties have said. The friend was wear­ing a hi­jab. Chris­tian’s so­cial me­dia post­ings in­di­cate an affin­ity for Nazis and po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence.

He was charged with ag­gra­vated mur­der, in­tim­i­da­tion and a firearms charge and is sched­uled to be ar­raigned on Tues­day. Tele­phone mes­sages left at the home of Chris­tian’s mother on Sun­day and Mon­day were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day con­demned the fa­tal stab­bing of the good Sa­mar­i­tans who came to the aid of the girls.

“The vi­o­lent at­tacks in Portland on Fri­day are un­ac­cept­able,” Trump said in a Tweet. “The vic­tims were stand­ing up to hate and in­tol­er­ance. Our prayers are w/ them.”

In­jured in the at­tack was 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, a stu­dent at Portland State Univer­sity. He was hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter be­ing stabbed in the neck and his girl­friend, Mi­randa Helm, told The Ore­go­nian/Ore­gon Live on Sun­day that he was re­cov­er­ing his strength and was eat­ing.

The at­tacks came on a light rail train on the first day of Ra­madan, the holi­est time of year for Mus­lims.

Mangum told KPTV that she and her 17-year-old friend were rid­ing the train when Chris­tian started yelling at them. 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,” Mangum said. “He was just telling us that we ba­si­cally weren’t any­thing and that we should kill our­selves.”

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

“And then we turned around while they were fight­ing and he just started stab­bing peo­ple and it was just blood ev­ery­where and we just started run­ning for our lives,” Mangum said.

AP PHOTO

An­gel Sauls helps her step­daugh­ter, Coco Dou­glas ar­range a sign and some painted rocks she made for a memo­rial in Portland, Ore., on Satur­day, May 27, 2017, 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.

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