Thursday 23 November 2017

Man who intervened in race hate attack in which two killed tries to raise funds for medical bills

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland, Oregon Photo: Portland Police Bureau/Handout via REUTERS
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland, Oregon Photo: Portland Police Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

Zainab Boladale and agencies

Friends of a man stabbed when he intervened in the harassment of two young women on a train are trying to raise money to pay his medical bills in the US.

Two men who were fatally stabbed died on Friday afternoon in an attempt to stop an anti-muslim rant and the harassment of two women who appeared to be Muslim in Oregon, Portland.

The third man who also tried to intervene, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was brought to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Friends of Fletcher set up a gofundme page in an attempt to raise money to cover his hospital and recovery expenses.

"Our friend was stabbed and critically injured while being a good Samaritan and heroically intervening during the racist terrorist incident that left 2 men dead," said the gofundme page.

Police have identified the attacker as Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland, a 35-year-old convicted felon.

Angel Sauls, left, helps her stepdaughter, Coco Douglas arrange a sign and some painted rocks she made for a memorial in Portland (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)
Angel Sauls, left, helps her stepdaughter, Coco Douglas arrange a sign and some painted rocks she made for a memorial in Portland (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)

Christian's Facebook page showed he held "some racist and other extremist beliefs." A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center found.

On Christian page it mentions "Jihadi Muslims" among people he disliked.

"It's too early to say whether last night's violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime," said Loren Cannon, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oregon.

Christian started shouting ethnic and religious slurs, apparently at the two young women, one of whom wore a Muslim head-covering, the Portland Police Department said in a statement.

The attacker approached the girls while screaming at them, Dyjuana Hudson, the mother of one of the girls attacked told the newspaper, relaying an account her daughter had given her.

"He was saying that Muslims should die," Hudson said.

“It’s horrific; there are no other words to describe what happened today,”  Sergeant Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said at a news conference.

The suspect had no known affiliation with a criminal gang member nor any mental health history, police said.

Christian was booked on two counts of aggravated murder and charges of attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and was ordered held without bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

Reuters

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