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Police: Suspect targeted child's birthday party
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The Boise girl who was fatally stabbed at her third birthday party was a refugee with her mother from Ethiopia and loved pink and Disney princesses, the International Rescue Committee said Tuesday.

Caseworkers described the girl, identified as Ruya Kadir, as “a child who always sparkled when she walked into a room,” IRC President David Miliband said.

“She was her mother’s princess, always the center of attention, and loved pink and Disney princesses. She had just turned 3 years old Saturday, and according to our IRC colleagues in Boise, was the epitome of sweetness,” Miliband said.

Ruya was one of six children and three adults injured in a mass stabbing in Boise, Idaho, which happened at an apartment complex that houses refugees.

Of the remaining eight victims, one child was treated and released from the hospital, and seven others are still in the hospital, many with serious or critical injuries, Boise police said.

Ruya and her mother fled from Ethiopia and arrived in the US in December 2015, settling in Boise, Miliband said. Her father is in Turkey.

“Ruya’s parents are enduring every parent’s worst nightmare, which is made doubly cruel by the fact that they fled to America to escape conflict in Ethiopia,” he said.

“IRC had resettled the Kadir family in Boise. Our local team is doing everything possible to support the family – and the other refugees injured on Saturday – in this moment of extreme distress and fear.”

“Now is a moment for people to pause, to come together and to redouble the commitment to help the world’s most vulnerable to safety, wherever they may be,” he added.

Suspect charged with murder

Timmy Kinner, the suspect in the attack, was charged on Monday with murder in the girl’s death, an Ada County court clerk said.

He was also charged with eight counts of aggravated battery and one count of enhancement-use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony, the clerk said.

Stabbing suspect Timmy Kinner was charged with murder for fatally stabbing a three-year-old at her birthday party in Boise, Idaho.

Kinner is accused of attacking the birthday party because he wanted revenge for being kicked out of the complex, Boise police Chief William Bones said Sunday.

Kinner, who is not a refugee, is from Los Angeles, police said. An unnamed resident who had let Kinner stay in the building asked him to leave because of his behavior, police said. Police said there is no indication the stabbing was a hate crime.

The victims include refugees from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia and children between 3 and 12 years old – “some of the newest members of our community,” Bones said.

“As you can imagine, the witnesses in the apartment complex – along with the rest of our community – are reeling from this attack,” the police chief said. “This incident is not a representation of our community, but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time.”

On Monday, crowds of people bearing flowers and balloons gathered in Idaho’s capital for a vigil in honor of the nine stabbing victims.

CNN’s Amanda Jackson, Sheena Jones and Artemis Moshtaghian, Jay Croft and Laura Ly contributed to this report