PORTLAND, Ore. -- Following the tragic stabbing on a MAX train in Portland that left two people dead and another injured, the online community stepped up in a big way, raising more than $1 million to help the families of the three victims.
A GoFundMe page posted to provide financial support for families of the victims has raised more than $492,000.
"They are heroes, yet their families are not only going to be faced with the pain of losing people they love, but with financial hardships from their passings," a description on the GoFundMe page says.
Nicholas Zukin, the man who started the "Tri Met Heroes" GoFundMe page said he just wanted to help.
"This has happened so fast, to be able to raise this amount of money ... is incredible," Zukin said.
Another fundraising page, on LaunchGood, has raised more than $460,000 for the three victims.
"We would like the family to know we want to hug you all. We will never feel the pain you are feeling, we know that, but we are desperate to do something," said Shahriar Ahmed, the President of the Balil Masjid Mosque in Beaverton. Ahmed helped set up the LaunchGood fundraising page.
A GoFundMe page set up for the third victim, Micah Fletcher, who was injured but survived, has raised more than $225,000. A message on the page says Fletcher "bravely did what anyone should do when confronted with terrorism and stepped in to help." Money raised will help cover hospital and recovery expenses for Fletcher.
A YouCaring fundraising page for the two girls had raised more than $28,000. "The girls, 16 and 17-years-old, are suffering immense trauma in the aftermath of this tragedy," the page reads. "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."
- GoFundMe page for families of the two victims who died
- LaunchGood page for all three victims
- GoFundMe page for hospital and recovery expenses for the injured victim
- YouCaring page for the two young women on the train
Witnesses say two of the men lost their lives when they tried to calm down a man berating two young women with hate speech. The suspect stabbed and killed the two good Samaritans, and injured the third.
Background: Two killed in MAX train stabbing
The victims were identified as 53-year-old Rick John Best, of Happy Valley, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, of Southeast Portland, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland. Best and Meche were killed. Fletcher was released from the hospital Monday and is recovering from his injuries.
'He was a hero': Mom remembers son killed on MAX train
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called the men heroes for their actions.
"Two men lost their lives and another was injured for doing the right thing, standing up for people they didn't know against hatred. Their actions were brave and selfless, and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes," Wheeler said.
Read: Wheeler's full statement
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