Two men that tried to stop a man from abusing two Muslim women have been stabbed, leading to their deaths.
According to the Oregon Police, the abusive man turned on the two men and fatally stabbed them in the city of Portland while they tried to protect the women.
The incident which happened on a commuter train also saw another passenger wounded before the aggressor was apprehended.
Islamophobia is becoming something of an eyesore and The Council on American-Islamic Relations has urged the President of the United States – Donald Trump to speak out and take a stand against the increasing wave of Islamophobia in the country.
The council also accused the president of fuelling the trend with their claims that his statements and policies embolden some elements in the country to play the role of judge, jury, and executioner of Muslims.
The police said in a statement that the attack took place at about 16:30 local time (00:30 GMT) on a train at Hollywood Transit Station led to the death of one of the victims died at the scene of the attack, while the other died in hospital.
The suspect, identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian, aged 35 has been charged with offenses which include aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
Police Sgt Pete Simpson stated that:
“Suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what would be characterized as hate speech or biased language,”
“In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him, appeared to try to intervene with his behavior. Some of the people that he was yelling at, they were attacked viciously by the suspect, resulting in the two deaths and one injury.”
The two women that were the object of attack left the scene before police could question them.Eyewitnesses reported that one of the women was wearing a headscarf.
Jeremy Joseph Christian was arrested shortly after he got off the train.
One of the girls’ parents Dyjuana Hudson later told the Oregonian newspaper that they were teenagers, one black, and one Muslim.
Dyjuana Hudson said the attacker “was saying that Muslims should die. That they’ve been killing Christians for years”.