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Boise Memorial Service, Open to the Public, Will Honor 3-year-old Stabbing Victim


Hundreds on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in September 2015. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Hundreds on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in September 2015.
A memorial service, open to the community, will be held Saturday to remember 3-year-old Ruya Kadir, killed a week ago in a horrific knife attack at a Boise apartment complex. Kadir was one of nine people, including six children, who were attacked at the Wylie Station apartment complex. All nine were refugees.  The suspect in the knife attack, 30-year-old Timmy Kinner is facing charges of first degree murder and aggravated battery.

A spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee said Kadir's parents chose to invite the public to Saturday's memorial, which will get underway at 4:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre.  The parents are asking that attendees consider wearing pink or purple, the girl's favorite colors. The IRC also asks that attendees honor the parents' privacy during the event.

Meanwhile, the IRC continues to raise funds for the victims and their families, to assist with medical bills, mental health treatment and family travel.  For example, the father of Ruya Kadir was traveling overseas at the time of the attack, but is expected to be back in Boise in time for Saturday's memorial service.