In just four days, crowdfunding efforts to aid the surviving victim and grieving families of two people killed in knife attack carried out on a Portland train have surpassed $1 million.
Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, Rick John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, were stabbed when they tried to fend off an anti-Muslim verbal assault of two teenage girls by Jeremy Christian, 35.
The girls, one of whom wore a hijab, told local news outlets that Christian shouted racial slurs at them. They escaped, unhurt, after Christian pulled out a knife and began attacking the three good Samaritans. Only Fletcher, who is recovering from knife wounds to his neck, survived. Hate group watchdog the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that there is online evidence linking Christian to “racist and other extremist beliefs.”
The crowdfunding campaigns are still up and running. You can see a list of them (provided by Snopes) below:
Tri-Met Heroes (via GoFundMe).
Tri-Met Hero Recovery (via GoFundMe).
Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes, organized by the Muslim Education Trust and CelebrateMercy.
Girls Who Survived Portland’s MAX Attack (via YouCaring).