3-year-old dies after being stabbed at own birthday party

Hugh Fox
July 3, 2018

Timmy Kinner, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder and several felonies including injury to a child and aggravated battery in connection with the attack. As the news spread across the Treasure Valley, members of the community showed up at the complex in a steady stream, bearing meals, flowers, a unicorn pool floatie.

Ibod Hasn, center, talks to a friend who came to visit after Saturday's stabbing attack in Boise, Idaho, Sunday, July 1, 2018. He said all of the victims will be forever scarred by the physical and emotional injuries they sustained.

Police Chief Bill Bones said at a press conference on Sunday: "This was an attack against those who are the most vulnerable, our children". Kinner targeted the children before adults at the party intervened.

Boise Police arrested the man accused of stabbing nine people Saturday night, six of them children. Bones said the resident wanted to give him a helping hand in return for the help she had received from others in the past.

Police say his victims include Syrian, Iraqi and Ethiopian refugees, with fellow guest Esrom Habte, 12, hiding in a closet to escape the horror. "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 nearly unfathomable", he said. He said Kinner has not been cooperative with detectives.

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Hate crimes and attacks against refugees and immigrants, as well as other protected groups, have risen in recent years.

The attack came Saturday night at a low-income apartment complex that is also home to refugee families from around the world. Authorities said the injured included six children, of ages ranging from 3 to 12 years old. Bones said he believes investigators have recovered the weapon from the canal.

The suspect had recently stayed at the apartment complex but on Friday was asked to leave over bad behaviour, Police Chief Bones said.

A girl, three, has died after a mass stabbing at her birthday party in Idaho, US.

The national media quickly seized on the fact that the apartment complex was known to house refugees and that some of the victims themselves were apparently refugees.

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When police arrived at the apartment complex, they found the suspect within a few minutes and took him into custody as he was heading north near the apartments.

"Nine members of our community have been stabbed and laid injured".

Bones said that there are no fatalities, but four of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries.

Kinner was a temporary resident at the apartment complex and had been asked to leave the residence Friday. The suspect's motive for attacking specific individuals is under investigation, police said.

Nine people, including some refugees and children, have been injured after a man went on a stabbing rampage at an Idaho apartment complex, according to Boise, Idaho, police.

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