PORTLAND (REUTERS) - Destinee Mangum and her 17-year-old friend, who is Muslim and was wearing hijab, were harassed on Portland light-rail train last Friday (May 26).
The man, Joseph Christian, fatally stabbed two other passengers on board and seriously injured another after they tried to stop him from harassing the women, according to police.
"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us that we shouldn't be here and get out his country, "Mangum said.
"He was just telling us that we basically weren't anything and we should just kill ourselves."
Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Oregon died at the scene, while Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, died at a hospital, police said.
A third victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, remained in a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me, because they didn't even know me, and they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we looked, " Mangum said.