TWIN FALLS — Eleven days ago, 3-year-old Ruya Kadir died tragically in Boise. On Wednesday, more than 125 miles away, her life was remembered at the Twin Falls Visitor Center.
Attendees gathered near the canyon rim and observed a moment of silence before releasing red and yellow rose pedals into the wind.
Kadir died June 30, when she was one of nine victims — including six children — stabbed by Timmy Early Kinner Jr. at Wylie Street Station Apartments. She was airlifted to Salt Lake City, where she died June 2.
The memorial service in Twin Falls was organized by Miss Africa Idaho and the Magic Valley Women of Color Coalition.
“It’s pure evil, and it took place in our home state,” said Liyah Babayan, one of the event’s organizers. “It takes a whole community to process this. For historically adoptive cities like Twin Falls and Boise, it’s important to reinstate safety during times of pain.”
Imad Eujay with the Islamic Center of Twin Falls said refugees like Kadir and her family find peace and safety in Idaho.
Kadir was murdered while celebrating her 3rd birthday. Winnie Christensen, director of Miss Africa Idaho, said that the family was celebrating the gift of life and they had that taken away from them.
“We are holding a vigil for one of our own,” Christensen said. “Every city should do this. The family needs to know the state of Idaho is suffering with them. We need to let them know that if they don’t feel safe in Boise, then they are welcome here.”