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University of Idaho student deaths: Victims ‘were asleep’ before attack, police say

University of Idaho student deaths: Victims ‘were asleep’ before attack, police say



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Four Idaho universities students were found who had been stabbed several times Moscow, Idaho, police ‘may have been sleeping’ before the attack at their off-campus home Friday night update.

In an update posted on Facebook, authorities released several new details about the gruesome killings, which shocked and saddened the university community.

Detectives conducted 38 interviews with people “with information” about the slaying, the update said, and retrieved the contents of three dumpsters on the road where the home was located in case there was evidence. Investigators also asked local businesses if a ‘fixed knife’ had been purchased recently, the update said.

“The suspects are not in custody, no weapons have been found,” the police said.

The four college students are Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21 – It was found that he was stabbed to death on Sunday in an off-campus shared house near the university.

The victims were found on the second and third floors of the home, Idaho State Police Communications Director Aaron Snell previously told CNN. friday

Lata County Coroner Kathy Mabbutt told CNN she saw “a lot of blood on the wall” when she arrived at the scene. He confirmed that each body had multiple stab wounds – possibly from the same weapon – but did not say how many or where most of the wounds were located.

Mabbutt said stab wounds to at least one victim’s arm appeared to be defensive wounds. According to him, during the examination of the bodies, there were no signs of sexual violence.

In an update late Friday, police said “some” of the victims had defensive injuries.

University announced A memorial service for the four students will be held on campus on Friday, November 30.

“Join us individually or as a group wherever you are to help light up Idaho,” the university’s website says. said. “Light a candle, turn on the stadium lights, or hold a moment of silence with us as we gather on campus.”

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On Friday, hoping for tips from the community, investigators released a map and timeline of the victims’ movements over the past weekend. The map shows that the four students spent most of the night apart in pairs.

Chapin and Kernodle attended the party Sigma Chi Fraternity House Saturday from 20:00 to 21:00 local time.

Goncalves and Mogen were at the Corner Club sports bar between 10:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. They got food from the food truck at 1:40 before going home.

The four victims returned home at 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

University President Scott Green said there were two roommates in the home at the time of the death – who were not injured and were not held hostage.

Investigators are speaking with the two roommates who survived, Snell told ABC.

“Potentially they’re a witness, potentially a victim,” Snell told ABC’s Kayna Whitworth. “They could be the key to all of this.”

Police said they have no suspects. Snell said no one has been “added or excluded as a person of interest and/or a suspect.”

In Friday evening’s update, police said they “don’t believe” that the two surviving roommates or the man seen on the food truck’s surveillance video were involved in the crime.

An autopsy was conducted on November 17, police said late Friday. The Latah County Medical Examiner confirmed the cause and manner of death of the students as stabbing, police said said.

The murders, which come less than a week before Thanksgiving break, have created a sense of anguish among students as authorities try to identify a suspect or find the murder weapon.

The university’s often crowded parking lots were empty on Thursday after many students decided to go home or leave the area.

“Everyone went home in fear. … It’s uncomfortable on campus right now,” student Nathan Tinno told CNN.

Tinno, who said the community is trying to come to terms with the tragedy, added to the fear on campus that no perpetrators have been arrested in the case.

“It’s very dark. It’s like a dark cloud over everything,” Ava Driftmeier said. “We’ll leave as soon as we can.”

Driftmeier, who said she lives near the site where the four students were killed, described how it was mentally and emotionally difficult for her.

“I don’t think it’s set in yet. … Do you know how crazy that is? Not having answers is the worst feeling,” he said.

Police on Wednesday walked back an earlier statement that the attacks were targeted, saying they could not definitively determine whether the public was at risk.

“We can’t say the community is not at risk,” Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said at a press conference Wednesday. “And like we said, be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and always be aware of your surroundings.”

The university also reminded students that mental health support is available.

“We are all still working, despite our pain and various emotions. It adds to the concern and worry that no arrests have been made for these crimes,” Green said in a statement.

“Students, we invite you to do what is right for you. Whether it’s going home early or staying in class, you have our support,” Green added.

Four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in their shared apartment near campus in Moscow, Idaho on November 13th.

With many details still unknown, one of the victim’s parents described their son’s struggle with the attacker.

Hana Kernodle’s father said he spoke to his daughter at midnight on Sunday before she was attacked and killed. Citing an autopsy, he said she fought her attacker to the end.

“Bruises torn with a knife. He’s a tough kid,” Jeffrey Kernodle said CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK Avondale, Arizona.

Kernodle said he has been in regular contact with Hana’s family. “I think the last time we heard from him was midnight and he was fine,” she told the station, adding that she doesn’t understand why he killed his daughter and her roommates in their home.

“They just sat at home. Hana was hanging out with her boyfriend at home,” he said.

Kernodle said the door to the house was opened with a digital code.

“So either they knew it or they just went around and found the slider [sliding door] open,” he said KPHO/KTVK.

Goncalves’ sister, Aliveya Goncalves, told ABC World News Tonight that the door had a keypad door lock and “my sister has always had a door lock.”

But, the sister added: “It was a party house and it was generations, so I can’t say they were very personal with that code.”

Hours before killing the four students, Goncalves posted a photo of the group, adding a heart emoji and captioning it, “Every day one lucky girl is surrounded by people like this.”

A TikTok video from Goncalves’ account posted on October 27 shows Goncalves and two other victims, Kernodl and Mogen. In the video, you can see the women jokingly looking at each other and giving a brief overview of their lives.

“All of this confuses us because Kaylee is not stupid,” Aliveya Goncalves told Inside Edition. “She’s a smart girl. She is a strong girl. She is a bad girl. He is a fighter.”

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The father of one of the four University of Idaho victims describes his last relationship with her

The scant information available about the case has frustrated those close to the victims as well as the campus community. Video footage of two of the victims helped police get a clearer picture of the hours leading up to the murder.

Inside live stream on Twitch Mogen and Goncalves, of a food truck called Grub Truckers, were last seen alive in Moscow around 1:40 a.m. local time on Sunday when they were ordering a $10 carbonara. After waiting for their food for about 10 minutes, they talked to each other like other people standing by the truck.

Joseph Woodall, who runs the food truck, told CNN that the two students were not in trouble or in any danger.

According to Frye, Chapin and Kernodle were at a party on campus Saturday night. All four students returned home shortly after 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Frye added.

Four people were killed in their home early Sunday morning, authorities said. Police responded to the residence around noon after a 911 call reported someone was unconscious.

Authorities have not released the identity of the 911 caller.

When the police arrived at the home, they entered a gruesome, bloody crime scene.

“It was a tragic experience to find four college students dead in a residence,” Coroner Mabbutt said. CNN affiliate KXLY earlier this week.

All four were pronounced dead at noon, and police did not say who called 911.

“They were smart, they were vigilant, they were careful and all of that,” Goncalves’ older sister Alivea said in a statement on behalf of the family. Idaho state figure.

“No one is in custody, which means no one is safe. Yes, we all have heartaches. Yes, we all get it. But stronger than any of these feelings is anger. We are angry. You should be angry.”



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