Refugee Children Among Idaho Stabbing Victims



Refugee girl, 3, stabbed to death at her birthday party in Boise, Idaho

idaho stabbing boisieA boy places a stuffed animal as other people kneel at a memorial during a vigil at City Hall in Boise, Idaho.

  • Ruya Kadir, 3, a refugee from Ethiopia, died after a man went on a stabbing spree at her birthday party at an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho.
  • Five other children were injured but not killed in the attack, and three adults.
  • All of the victims were from Syria, Iraq, or Ethiopia.
  • The apartment complex was home to several refugee families.
  • Authorities have charged Timmy Kinner with first-degree murder.

A 3-year-old refugee girl has died after a man burst into her birthday party and stabbed her to death.

Ruya Kadir, from Ethiopia, was celebrating her third birthday at an apartment complex in Boise, Idaho, when the attack took place. Five other children were injured, as well as three adults.

The child and her mother entered the US in 2015, and her father is in Turkey.

She had just turned three on Saturday.

Business Insider previously reported that the attack had taken place— the girl died two days later.

All of the victims had come to the US from Syria, Iraq, or Ethiopia. The apartment complex is home to many refugee families, Boise police said in a statement. Authorities haven't explicitly said whether the other victims are refugees themselves.

A statement from the International Rescue Committee, an NGO which worked with Ruya and her family, said she was said "a child who always sparkled when she walked into a room."

"She was her mother's princess, always the center of attention, and loved pink and Disney princesses."

First responders flew the 3-year-old girl to Utah for hospital treatment, but she couldn't be saved.

This video shows people in Boise attending a memorial in the town for the victims:

Kinner is a US citizen, and not a refugee. Police Chief William Bones said that the evidence does not suggest the attack was a hate crime.

Timmy Kinner has been charged with first-degree murder. Reuters

He is accused of attacking nine people, including the girl who died. Here are the details of the victims:

  • Ruya, who died.
  • Two 4-year-olds.
  • One 6-year-old.
  • An 8-year-old.
  • A 12-year old was also injured.
  • Three adults.

One child has been treated and released from the hospital, the police said.

Timmy Kinner, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, several counts of aggravated battery and six counts of injury to a child.

Bones said in a statement on Sunday that Kinner had been staying with a resident in the apartment building, but that resident asked him to leave on Friday because of his behavior.

Authorities believe that the attack may have been motivated by "vengeance" after he was asked to leave the complex.

Bones said that Kinner had an "extensive criminal record" and was previously imprisoned. He is being held without bail.

Crowds of people gathered with flowers and balloons outside of Boise City Hall on Monday night to honor the victims.

David Bieter, the mayor of Boise, said in a statement on Monday that the town was "heartbroken" to learn of the girl's death.

"The thought of a happy occasion like a child's birthday party being turned into the darkest of sorrows in such a vicious way is almost unfathomable."

The International Rescue Committee helped settle the child and her mother, its statement said.






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