The parents of a 3-year-old Idaho girl who died days after a mass stabbing during her birthday party last summer are objecting to a request by her alleged killer to change his name to “Eternal Love.”

Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. — who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ruya Kadir, as well as several other felonies for in connection with the knife attack at a Boise apartment complex — filed a petition for the name change in December. A hearing is set for March 19.

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The attack left five other children, ages 3 to 12, and three adults injured, authorities have said. It also left the city in shock.

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“It’s just something we don’t see in Boise, the level of violence which occurred here,”  Boise Police Chief William Bones said during a news conference after the attack. “This was a brutal crime, not just against the individuals involved, but against the families and the very fabric of our community,”

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Kadir’s parents, Bifituu Kadir and Recep Seran, argued that Kinner’s name change could cause confusion for a jury and legal counsel. They are asking for his request to be dismissed, as he has not raised any “meaningful reason” for seeking a name change, according to their motion.

Kinner wrote on the request form that he wanted to change his name because it was his “God given right & the title I want to be known as & remembered by,” the Idaho Statesmen reported.

Ruya Kadir died after suffering a fatal injury during her birthday party outside her family's Boise apartment complex.

Ruya Kadir died after suffering a fatal injury during her birthday party outside her family’s Boise apartment complex.
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Ruya Kadir, a refugee from Eithiopia, died of her injuries when she was allegedly stabbed by Kinner during the brutal attack. The day before, he had been asked to leave a birthday party at the same apartment complex because of bad behavior, the paper said.

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The victims were all refugees from Ethiopia, Syria and Iraq.

Kinner, a homeless man, is being held in a mental health facility at a state prison. He has been found unfit to stand trial and faces the death penalty.

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