UPDATE: Three fundraising initiatives set up to cover health expenses and funeral costs for the victims of the Portland stabbing have raised more than $900,000.
The Independent reports that Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes is closing in on its goal of $400,000; Tri Met Heroes has nearly reached its goal of $400,000; and Tri Met Hero Recovery has exceeded its goal of $150,000.
Following the fatal stabbings in Portland of two men standing up against an Islamophobe, a Muslim-led campaign has raised an incredible amount of money for the victims and their families.
The incident occurred aboard a commuter train when 35-year-old convicted felon Jeremy Joseph Christian reportedly started bullying and racially abusing two young women, one of whom appeared to be Muslim.
When three men stood up against the attack, Christian allegedly fatally stabbed two of them. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 54, were killed, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is currently being treated at a hospital. His injuries are not life threatening, according to police.
Following the incident, Muslim organizations launched a fundraising initiative.
"We wish to respond to hate with love, to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action," the campaign's page states, adding the collected money will be used to cover expenses, such as funeral costs for the victims.
"No amount of money will bring back the victims, but we do hope to lessen their family's burdens in some way and also show our heartfelt appreciation for their heroic acts against Islamophobia,” wrote the campaign organizers.
While it is a Muslim-led effort, people belonging to all faiths have contributed. The page now has raised more than $346,000 in less than three days.
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