… and living in a U.S. State Department designated Refugee Resettlement Community like Boise, Idaho does not help one bit at all.
Timmy Earl Kinner, a 30-year-old Los Angeles man, is accused of attacking nine people, including some refugee families, with a knife at a Boise, Idaho apartment complex. It’s believed six of the victims were children, and that the knife attack unfolded at a 3-year-old’s birthday party.
“The level of some of the injuries will be negative in a life-altering way” for some of the victims, said the police chief, William Bones.
“Preliminary evidence shows the suspect was a temporary resident at the apartment complex on Wylie Ln and State St. until he was asked to leave on Friday. The suspect, Timmy Kinner, is not a refugee,” police said in a news release on July 1, 2018. Jail records show that Kinner is accused of multiple counts of injury to a child and aggravated battery.
The attack, which the police chief described as involving the highest number of people wounded in a single incident in the city’s history, occurred on the evening of June 30, 2018. The police chief said it appeared the attacker struck without provocation.
“Tonight we did have a tragedy occur,” Bones said in a news conference. The mass stabbing occurred at Wylie Street Station Apartments. The victims’ identities were not disclosed.
“I would ask for our community’s hearts to go out as I know they will and for their prayers for the families of everybody that’s involved here,” Bones said.
Boise has long been known as a magnet city for refugees; in fact, a National Geographic article in 2016 called it “Boise, Idaho, A Global Home for Refugees.” According to the City of Boise, the U.S. State Department gave Boise the designation of “a Refugee Resettlement Community.”
Timmy (knife stabber) Earl Kinner, from Los Angeles
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