Ten days ago, Destinee Mangum, 16, was riding a light rail train in Portland, Oregon when she and a friend were harassed by a man who shouted racist and anti-Muslim slogans at them.
Three men on the train intervened on behalf of girls and were stabbed by Jeremy Christian, 35. Two of the men were killed and the third wounded. Christian has been charged with murder.
Several days after the attack Destinee’s mother thanked the men who stood up to protect her daughter. Dyjuana Hudson then went on to request donations for her family, whom she said was homeless.
An online fundraising page was set up by a family friend, Lydia Grijalva on YouCaring.com, according to the story in Oregon Live.
The funds will go toward basic necessities like meals and transportation, as they feel unsafe to ride public transportation after their experience. Most importantly, funds will go toward mental health services to ensure their mental and emotional welfare.
The goal was originally for donations for $50,000 but now has been increased to a $200,000 goal. So far, $135,049 has been raised.