A 3-year-old refugee girl who was stabbed at her birthday party in a Boise, Idaho, apartment complex over the weekend has died of her injuries, police said Monday.
Eight other people, including five children, were also hurt in the attack. Police said seven victims remained in the hospital as of Monday, “many with serious or critical injuries.”
The victims included refugees that had actually gotten away to the UNITED STATE from Syria, Iraq and also Ethiopia to run away violence, authorities said.
The 3-year-old who died was identified as Ethiopian refugee Ruya Kadir by the International Rescue Committee, a group that has worked with the child’s family. The IRC said Ruya arrived in the U.S. from Ethiopia in 2015 with her mother. Ruya’s father is in Turkey.
“Our caseworkers describe Ruya as a child who always sparkled when she walked into a room, ”
the nonprofit said in a Monday statement. “She was her mother’s princess, always the center of attention, and loved pink and Disney princesses.”
“Ruya’s parents are enduring every parent’s worst nightmare, which is made doubly cruel by the fact that they fled to America to escape conflict in Ethiopia, ” the IRC added.
The IRC family members in the United States as well as all over the world today grieves the loss of Ruya, a 3-year-old girl who passed away of her injuries complying with the terrible stabbings at her birthday celebration event on Saturday.