Idaho murders: Who was Kaylee Goncalves?

Goncalves, a 21-year-old senior from Rathdrum, Idaho, is majoring in general studies at the College of Literature, Arts, and Social Sciences.

MOSCOW, Idaho — Editor’s Note: The video above was published December 2 after the four students’ memorial service.

After her death, the Kaylee Goncalves family remembered the University of Idaho student as “the last middle child”.

“Kaylee has been, is and will always be our protector and defender,” declared, sent to KREM 2 in November, read part. “She is tough and fair. The last middle child. She did absolutely everything that she set out to do. She doesn’t hold back love, fight or life. Kaylee is a leader and doesn’t stop wanting an adventure.”

Goncalves, a 21-year-old senior from Rathdrum, Idaho, is majoring in general studies at the College of Literature, Arts, and Social Sciences. She is a member of the sorority Alpha Phi. She just bought a 2016 Range Rover, plans a trip to Europe next year and is expected to move to Texas after graduation, her sister Alivea Goncalves told the show. Today” by NBC.

“She has everything for her, absolutely everything,” her older sister, Alivea, says. She’s got her job lined up. She worked so hard for it.”

Goncalves, along with Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found dead in a rental home on November 13.

She and Mogen grew up together in Northern Idaho and are close friends.

“They were sisters; she was one of us,” Goncalves’ mother said at the memorial.

Mogen’s father said the pair have been inseparable since sixth grade.

Scott Laramie, Mogen’s stepfather, said: “They were real sisters, and our family just got better and better since then.”

Investigators believe Bryan Kohberger stabbed four students to death in the early hours of November 13. Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.

Alivea told KREM 2, each of her five siblings has a role to play in their family. As the middle child, Kaylee Goncalves plays the role of “fairness fighter”.

Alivea describes her sister as someone who constantly pursues adventures and lives to the fullest. She said there weren’t many people who could tell Kaylee Goncalves she couldn’t. She said if her sister wants to do something, she will do it.

During a memorial service, Goncalves’ mother, Kristi, shared some memories of her daughter and said her daughter was an important part of the family.

“Kaylee is our middle child out of five,” Kristi said. “Kaylee is such an important part of our family, our family dynamic will never be the same.”

What happened on the night of the murder?

On the night the four students were killed, Mogen and Goncalves were at the Corner Club in downtown Moscow.

They were then seen at Grub Truck, a nearby food truck, at around 1:40 a.m., before a private group drove them home. They arrived after 1:45 am

Investigators believe four students were killed between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m.

Police arriving at the crime scene found Mogen and Goncalves together in bed in Goncalves’ room on the third floor of the house. Both suffered stab wounds. Idaho murders: Who was Kaylee Goncalves?

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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