Mother of girl attacked on MAX train prior to stabbing thanks community

Portland has shown an outpouring of support and love for the heroic actions of the three men who were stabbed, two fatally, after they stood up for two women who were being harrassed on a MAX train near Hollywood Transit Center. (KATU photo taken 5-30-2017)

The mother of a teen girl who was being harassed before a deadly stabbing aboard the MAX last week says she's overwhelmed but grateful for all the support.

Dyjuana Hudson's daughter Destinee was on the train with her friend, a Muslim girl, last Friday when police say Jeremy Christian began yelling hateful anti-Muslim comments at the girls.

Three men who came to the girls' defense were allegedly stabbed by Christian. Two of them, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and 53-year-old Ricky John Best, were killed. A third victim, Micah Fletcher, was recently released from a hospital.

READ MORE: Survivor of MAX stabbing speaks about attack: 'We must protect each other'

Here's a statement Hudson released on her Facebook page Tuesday:

"I just want to say thank you to all that have showed so much love and support during this time I'm very overwhelmed in dealing with all of this... Also while trying to keep my daughters in good spirits..But the amount of support that we have received from the community lets us know that we're not alone so I just want to say thank you so much and it's very much appreciated keep us in your prayers... Thank you."

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