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Idaho Refugee Advocates React to Stabbing Attack at Boise Apartment Complex


Hundreds on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in September 2015. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Hundreds on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in September 2015.
Saying Idaho must fight "fear and foul intent by working towards a just society," local refugee advocates reacted to a June 30 stabbing attack at a Boise apartment complex, home to a number of refugee families, with shock, sadness and resolve to embrace Boise's growing diversity.

Timmy Earl Kinner, 30 - ACSO
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  • Timmy Earl Kinner, 30
The remarks come in the shadow of a stabbing incident at the Wylie Street Station Apartments in northwest Boise. Nine people were attacked, according to Boise Police, including six children. Witnesses said the children had been attending a birthday party, when the attack began, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on June 30. The children\s ages ranged from 3- to 12-years-old. Kinner was charged with nine felony counts of aggravated battery and six felony charges of injury to a child. Boise Police said Kinner had been a temporary resident of the apartment complex, but was asked to leave on June 29. Police said Kinner returned to the apartment complex on June 30 to "exact revenge."

"As many have pointed out, this aggressor is not representative of our fair city. Like we always do, the good people of the Treasure Valley will rally together in support of these families and all those affected," said Tara Wolfson, director of the Idaho Office for Refugees. "We must fight fear and foul intent by working towards a just society with love, understanding and compassion.”

"We are shocked and saddened by this senseless attack on members of the Boise refugee community," said Julianne D. Tzul, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Boise. "This attack does not reflect, in any way, the tremendous welcoming nature of the Boise community we have worked with so closely since opening in 2006."

"I ask all Boiseans to join me in sending thoughts and prayers for the injured and their families at this terrible time, " said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "As Boiseans, we come together not only to condemn this vile act, but also to embrace those among us seeking refuge from tyranny, suffering and war. It is who we are and who we will continue to be.