Twenty-three-year-old Taliesin Namkai-Meche was stabbed to death Friday on a Portland train after he tried to protect two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, from a man who was shouting hate speech at them, according to police. He was one of three men, including Ricky John Best, a 53-year-old Army veteran and father of four, who was also killed, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who was stabbed and is now recovering, reports Julia Reinstein.

A letter from former CBS News anchor Dan Rather asking Trump to honor the victims went viral.

“The three have been lauded as American heroes, and people have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to honor them,” says Reinstein.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump failed to even mention the attack over the weekend, though he finally got around to tweeting this on Monday.

Namkai-Meche’s mother has sent her own written request to President Trump, in which she asks the president to “take action” and to strongly condemn any and all violence that results “directly from hate speech & hate groups.”

Read her full letter at BuzzFeed News


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