Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madisen Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead in a home near the university campus on Sunday, November 13.
MOSCOW, Idaho — Police still have no suspects in the murder of four University of Idaho students who were found dead in a home near campus on Sunday, Nov. office on Wednesday.
Although police have released very little information, they say they believe the killings were intentional.
The Moscow Police Department and the University of Idaho have identified the four victims as Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin and Kaylee Goncalves.
Here’s what we know so far about the investigation:
What the police know so far
The night before the murders, police said Chapin and Kernodle were partying on campus while Goncalves and Mogen were at a bar in downtown Moscow. The video also shows two girls in what appears to be a food truck on Saturday night. They got home around 1:45 am
Police confirmed the killing occurred early Sunday morning, November 13.
Around noon, the Moscow Police Department received a call that someone was unconscious at the house on King Street where the victims were found. When police arrived on the scene, they found four victims had been stabbed, but they had yet to recover the murder weapon.
Moscow police chief James Fry said the front door of the house was undamaged and it was unlocked when police arrived, leading them to believe there was no break-in.
Based on details at the scene, police believe the killings were an individually targeted attack on the victims. However, Fry did not provide details on what information led investigators to that conclusion.
Police initially said they did not believe there was a continuing threat to the community, however, on Wednesday, Fry said, “We cannot say that there is no threat to the community.” community, and as we’ve stated, please stay alert, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
When asked to explain why the department’s stance seems to have changed, Fry said: “The reality is, there’s still one person who committed four terrible, horrible crimes, so I think we have to go back. , there is still a threat out there. , maybe, we don’t know, we don’t believe it will be for anyone else, but we all have to be aware of our surroundings and make sure that We’re wary of each other.”
Fry said two other people living in the house were there at the time of the murder. They were not injured.
Fry said there are more than 25 investigators working on the case. Idaho State Police, the Latah County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are assisting with the investigation.
Investigators are continuing to gather evidence at the scene. Police are asking anyone with more information on where the victims were from Saturday night to early Sunday morning to contact the Moscow Police Department at: (208) 883-7180.
What we know about the victims
Goncalves is a 21-year-old senior from Rathdrum, Idaho, majoring in general studies at the College of Literature, Arts, and Social Sciences. She is a member of the sorority Alpha Phi. Her family remembers her as the “tough and fair” person who put whatever she set her mind to.
Mogen is a 21-year-old senior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, majoring in marketing at the College of Business and Economics. She is a member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi. In an Instagram post, Goncalves said Mogen was “the protagonist of all my childhood stories.”
Kernodle is a 20-year-old senior from Post Falls, Idaho, majoring in marketing at the College of Business and Economics. She is a member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi. In a statement to KING 5’s sister station Spokane, Kernodle’s older sister said she was lucky to have her as a sister and described her as “positive, funny and getting people to meet her.” cherish.”
Chapin is a 20-year-old freshman from Conway, Wash., majoring in recreation, sport, and tourism management at the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Chapin is a triplets. His parents describe him as the family comedian who plays any sport he can. He and Kernodle are romantically involved.
Impact on University of Idaho students
Blaine Eckles, Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Idaho, said the school had increased safety patrols on campus and said students used on-site counseling services provided after the murder.
University President Scott Green said students can leave campus if they want. Green encourages faculty to work with students returning home.
Due to the large number of students leaving the campus, Eckles said the university has rescheduled a candlelight vigil in memory of the four victims. The vigil was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but University staff did not want students to drive back to the vigil. A new date is scheduled for November 30 with additional communication to come at the time of the event.
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