Muslims in Portland, the US state of Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant.
"I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander... that we stand together here as one," said Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center.
He said the two young women "could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them."
Najieb said a fundraising page launched by his group for the families of the dead men, a surviving victim and the two young women had raised $50,000 in its first hours.
Another fundraiser, created by Nick Zukin, a local restaurant owner, had raised $313,000 for the victims on his GoFundMe page, titled, "Tri Met Heroes." Zukin wrote that he's been in contact with the Portland Mayor's Office to ensure the money goes to the victims' families.