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One of the Teens Targeted in Portland Stabbing Thanked the Men Who Died Defending Her

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One of the teenagers targeted by hate speech on a train in Portland, Oregon on Friday publicly thanked the two men who died after they came to her defense. 

On Saturday, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum spoke to Fox 12 Oregon about the incident with tears in her eyes. 

"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," Mangum said in the video. "They lost their lives because of me and my friend, and the way we looked. I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and that I appreciate them. Without them, we probably would be dead right now."

BuzzFeed reports that Mangum was riding the MAX train with her 17-year-old friend when a man, now identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, approached the girls and told them that Muslims should die. Mangum's mother told The Oregonian that the girls tried to escape Christian's advances, but he persisted. 


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