Idaho firefighters make the garden in the memory of the girl, 3, who was stabbed to death

Firefighters with the Boise Fire department work to the construction of the memorial garden.

(Boise Fire Department)

Firefighters with the Boise Fire department in Idaho to be praised for helping a mother remember her daughter after she was stabbed to death in her third birthday on Saturday.

In the light of her daughter’s death, Bifituu Kadir was hoping to plant a garden full of flowers outside the apartment where Kadir and her daughter, Melissa, lived.

So, on Thursday, the fire department, the Boise Fire department, made her wish a reality.

Char Jackson, the fire department spokeswoman, said Melissa’s mother contributed to the construction of the garden.

(Boise Fire Department)

During the description of their reaction to the stitches on Wylie Street Station apartment where the incident occurred, many of the firefighters who initially responded to the attack came Kadir, the mother of the 3-year-old Melissa that was fatal.

“They happened to notice a small girl, the mother and reached out to her to see how she was doing,” Char Jackson, a spokeswoman for the fire department, told Fox News Friday. “When she said that she would like a garden.”

Shortly after, the group went to Thriftway Home Center to buy wood, borders, and mulch to start the project. But when the store’s assistant manager heard why the garden was built, she chose to donate the supplies. FarWest Landscape & Garden Center did the same, donating flowers, ” she said.

After a hard day’s work, and with a little help from Kadir of himself, of the garden came to life. “Melissa’s Flower” is etched in the small, wooden plaque that dedicates the garden of the girl. Jackson said the fire department is working to get a more permanent plaque made of stone.

“They really do not want recognition for this,” Jackson said, adding that she is “proud” to work at the fire department.

The majority of the gardening supplies were donated, Jackson said.

(Boise Fire Department)

“It feels good to have employees who go a step further,” she said, adding that the gesture was “very useful” to Kadir, who is mourning her only child died.

Many users of social media echoed this sentiment.

“Thank you BFD for your generosity and compassion,” one person responded to the Boise Fire department’s Facebook post.

“No words can describe my feeling of pride I have for our first responders,” another wrote.

As of Friday afternoon, the post had more than 1,700 comments and almost 500 shares.

Melissa Kadir, 3, died Saturday after she was stabbed on her birthday.


Timmy Earl Kinner, 30, of Los Angeles, was arrested and charged in connection with the attack, involving a total of nine people were stabbed, including six children. All of the victims were refugees from Ethiopia, Syria or Iraq.

Melissa and her mother arrived in Idaho from Ethiopia in 2015, on the run from the violence in the country. But on Saturday, the young girl was killed, in the same place that was meant to be her safe haven.

Kinner was charged Monday with one count of first degree murder and eight counts of aggravated battery, among other related charges, according to his prison records.

The police said Kinner had recently been asked to leave the apartment complex because of bad behavior. They say that the attack was not a hate crime.

Boise police chief William L. Bones said Kinner has an extensive criminal record and has spent time in prison in the past. He added that the incident is not representative for the community, but rather the law of “a single evil.”

Timmy Earl Kinner allegedly stabbed nine people, including six children, on Saturday.

(Ada County Sheriff’s Office)

“She loved shopping and dressing up is very fashionable, just like her mother,” Megan Schwab, an employment specialist with the International Rescue Committee, who befriended Kadir and Melissa when she first arrived in Boise, told the Associated Press of the young girl.

“The Disney princesses were her favorite, and everything that was pink,” she continued.

A fundraiser was created to help those who were injured in the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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