Nine Stabbed at Boise Apartment Complex, Home to Refugees 

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A man is accused of stabbing nine people at an apartment complex in northwest Boise Saturday night. Officials said the victims included refugee families and four of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. It was believed that six of the victims were children. In the early stages of their investigation, police said the motive for the attack wasn't immediately known.

Boise Police were dispatched to the Wylie Street Station Apartments on Wylie Lane near Collister Boulevard at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday. That's where police discovered nine victims, some inside and some outside apartment dwellings. Witnesses told police that a male suspect had fled the scene, heading toward State Street. The suspect was apprehended a short time later.

click to enlarge Timmy Earl Kinner, 30 - ACSO
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  • Timmy Earl Kinner, 30
At 3:46 a.m. Sunday, seven hours after the stabbing incident, 30-year-old Timmy Earl Kinner of Los Angeles, Calif. was booked into the Ada County Jail on nine felony counts of aggravated battery and six felony counts of injury to a child. His appearance at Ada County Court has been scheduled for Monday, July 2.

Preliminary evidence indicates that the suspect was a temporary resident at the apartment complex until he was asked to leave on June 29.

"The age range of the victims varies dramatically. It's affected all aspects of the families within the apartment complex," said Boise Police Chief Bill Bones. "I'd ask for our community's hearts to go out, as I know they will, for their prayers for the families."

In the wake of the horrific incident, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter issued a statement, saying, "Our city has long stood as a welcoming city – a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands. The senseless acts of one disturbed person does not change that. 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."

BPD said its investigation into such a singular attack of brutality, with so many victims, was unprecedented in the history of the Boise Police Department. BPD victim witness coordinators and counselors will assist the victims and their families in the days ahead.
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