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Boise mass stabbing response brings out police, restaurants, donors

Days after a mass stabbing at the Wylie Street Station apartments in Boise, well-wishers left messages of encouragement, stuffed animals, food and other gifts for the victims of the attack.
Days after a mass stabbing at the Wylie Street Station apartments in Boise, well-wishers left messages of encouragement, stuffed animals, food and other gifts for the victims of the attack. sberg@IdahoStatesman.com

A long list of people, organizations and businesses is donating food, time and money to help Boise's refugees in the wake of the mass stabbing of refugees that killed a 3-year-old girl and injured five more children and three adults.

Among them is Kibrom Milash, owner of Boise Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant Kibrom's, one mile southeast of the refugees' apartment complex on State Street. The 3-year-old girl, Ruya Kadir, was the daughter of an Ethiopian refugee.

Milash said he is donating food for Ruya's funeral Saturday, one week after the stabbings. He said other refugee families from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Arabic countries have taken food to families of the victims.

Staff members at Taft Elementary, where several of the victims went to school, delivered fruit and water to residents of Wylie Street Station apartments.

Boise firefighters planted a flower garden at the apartment complex where the attack took place to memorialize Ruya Kadir, the Ethiopian girl who died. Two Boise businesses — Thriftway Home Center and FarWest Nursery — donated plants, mulch and other supplies for the garden.

Much of donors' money is going to the International Rescue Committee, a worldwide charity that helps refugees and has a Boise office.

"They're in better touch with victims and their families to know their needs," said Joe Andreoli, a Boise police detective and member of the Treasure Valley Fraternal Order of Police.

The order's local lodge set up a fundraiser Thursday with a goal of $20,000. Andreoli didn't know how much the effort had netted by Friday afternoon.

"All that money, I can assure you, is going directly into our foundation fundraising account," Andreoli said. "And every cent that's dropped into that account will be earmarked and forwarded on to the IRC."

Austin Jensen, a receptionist at the Rescue Committee's Boise office, said he didn't know how much money has come in so far through an online fundraiser for the stabbing's victims and their families.

Much of the money will cover medical bills for the victims, many of whom are not covered by health insurance, he said. The Rescue Committee also will spend donations to move families to new homes, he said.

According to Rescue Committee's website, "89 cents of every dollar we spend worldwide goes directly to help refugees and others in desperate need." The nonprofit has earned high marks from charity watchdogs for transparency and fundraising efficiency.

The suspect in the stabbings, 30-year-old Timmy Kinner, is charged with first-degree murder and eight felony counts of aggravated battery. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for July 16.

The victims were refugees from Iraq, Syria and Somalia. Six, all from Iraq and Syria, remained hospitalized Friday. Local hospitals are not disclosing their conditions.

Anmar Lafta, who is related to five victims, said the conditions of the four who are still hospitalized have changed little. The four are Teba Jalil, 6; his mother Miada Jasim, 37; Ekhlas Khudhur, 23; and Khudhur’s 2-year-old daughter Miral Ghaleb.

The fifth relative, Zine Jalil, 8, was discharged on Sunday. Zine is Teba's older brother and Jasim's son.

Jasim, who was stabbed in the neck, remains paralyzed on her left side, Lafta said. He does not expect her to walk or drive in the foreseeable future.

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Reporter Maria L. La Ganga contributed. Sven Berg: 208-377-6275, @SvenBerg51
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