At least one officer fired weapon during reported stabbing, Nampa police say
The family of a 22-year-old mother who was stabbed to death at a Nampa house on Tuesday issued a statement to the public through the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon.
“Our family would like to thank the neighbors, community and friends who have supported us during this difficult time. We want to acknowledge the first responders for their swift and justified actions that undoubtedly saved our loved ones from further tragedy in this senseless event,” said the family of Kymberlee “Kym” A. Larsen in the written statement.
The family also asked for prayers, privacy, monetary donations to a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses and care of Larsen’s infant, Donovan. Diapers, clothes and other items for the baby may be dropped off at the Nampa Police Department, 820 Second St.
Kym Larsen died at the scene of multiple slash and stab wounds, according to the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect in Larsen’s death was identified by the sheriff’s office as 29-year-old Evan C. Bashir, of Meridian. Bashir died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of Nampa Police officers.
The two Nampa police officers who confronted Bashir in the house are now on paid administrative leave; only one fired his weapon, officials said Tuesday. The officers were not injured, and three young children at the scene were unharmed.
Several friends of Larsen’s told the Statesman that Bashir was the father of Larsen’s baby.
Boisean Shalayna Lee Norman said she believed Larsen started dating Bashir about a year and a half to two years ago. She had her baby in January and posted a notice to friends on Facebook about a baby shower in February, Norman said.
“She was the happiest, sweetest, most giving person I’ve ever met in my entire life,” Norman said.
She said she called Larsen her “hippie” friend because when they were students at Frank Church High School, Larsen talked about getting a VW van and traveling the country.
“She wanted to see everything,” Norman said. “All we ever talked about was traveling.”
Aryn Hinton, 20, has also known Larsen since high school. She also worked with her for a short time at the Tilted Kilt restaurant, which has since closed.
Hinton said she and Norman never heard much about Larsen’s relationship with Bashir.
“All that I heard about him was that she really loved him,” Hinton said. “I never heard anything bad.”
Latesha Roderick, 24, went to West Middle School in Nampa with Larsen.
“Last month, she asked me to go to her baby shower,” said Roderick, who was unable to make it because her father was dying of lung cancer.
“She was such a good person,” Roderick said. “She was a free spirit. She loved everyone and treated them like they were family. She befriended me the first day I came to middle school. She has a really kind heart. She’s a really good person.”
The Sheriff’s Office said fast action of first responders, including applying a tourniquet by police, helped save two other women found wounded at the house Tuesday: Julianna Flowers, 57, and Chelsea Larsen, 27. They were hospitalized with very serious injuries.
Norman and other friends said the women are Larsen’s mother and sister.
The conditions of the two women were not available Wednesday night, as hospital officials at the main facilities in the Nampa/Caldwell area said they did not have those patients listed. That doesn’t mean they are not hospitalized; family members may have asked the hospital not to release any information.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account where people can contribute to the costs of lost wages and medical treatment.
The violent attack occurred just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, and police received multiple 911 calls about a stabbing in the 7500 block of Edgebrook Drive.
At a news conference Tuesday, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said the incident was domestic violence.
“The relationship has been deteriorating for some time,” Donahue said.
Donahue said two of the first officers to arrive at the chaotic scene entered the house to engage the suspect – who was armed – and fired their weapons. The officers’ names were not released; they are 14-year and six-year veterans of the department.
Body camera footage was obtained from those two officers but is not being released at this time.
It was the first officer-involved shooting in Nampa in 2018.
The Canyon County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency.
Bashir’s criminal history in Idaho includes a couple of convictions from about six years ago. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor unlawful transportation of an alcohol beverage, according to Idaho online court records.
If you are someone or know of someone experiencing domestic violence in the Treasure Valley, here are some resources that can help:
Women's & Children's Alliance
Domestic Abuse Crisis Hotline: 208-343-7025
Advocates Against Family Violence
Phone number: 208-459-4779