Refugee children and adults who were left seriously injured after a man burst into a three-year-old’s birthday party and started stabbing people could be left paralyzed and needing facial reconstructive surgery.
The attack in Boise, Idaho took place at a celebration for Ruya Kadir, a refugee from Ethiopia, who died from her wounds on Monday. Five other children and three adults were injured.
Donnelly Tzul, an official with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), described the types of wounds the survivors had in an interview with the Associated Press.
She said “there are slashes to faces requiring surgery and reconstructive surgery. There is at least one spinal injury that might cause paralysis to some degree, and lots of stab and puncture wounds.”
Tzul did not specify which wounds belonged to which victims, and whether they were adults of children.
Here is a list of all the victims:
- Ruya, who died.
- Two 4-year-olds.
- One 6-year-old.
- An 8-year-old.
- A 12-year old.
- Three adults.
All of those injured in Saturday’s attack were from Syria, Ethiopia, and Iraq.
These families will need help for the next few years, she said.
Some of the injured do not have health insurance, and some require care that their insurance doesn’t cover. Some require counseling and some adults are missing time from their jobs, making it difficult to cover living expenses, Tzul said.
Some will also need to find a new place to live for the sake of their mental health, she said.
Timmy Kinner, a US citizen, has been charged with first-degree murder and other felonies after the attack. The local Boise police force said in a statement that evidence does not suggest that the victims’ race or refugee status was the motive for the crime.
Kinner had recently been asked to leave the apartment complex due to bad behavior, and police believe the suspect may have been acting out a desire for revenge.
A memorial was held in Boise for the victims on Tuesday.
The IRC is currently working to get Ruya’s father, who is in Turkey, into the US.
The family was “fleeing violence,” according to Megan Schwab, an employment specialist with the IRC. Ruya and her mother, Bifituu Kadir, arrived in the US in 2015, when Ruya was six months old.