University of Idaho student slaying: Family pays tribute to slain student as police seek answers
Authorities are making “progress” in the murder investigation. Four students from the University of Idaho She was found dead 10 days ago, a state police spokesman said Tuesday – a day after the family of one of the victims mourned their deaths at a memorial.
Stacey Chapin described her son Ethan Chapin as “one of the most wonderful people you will ever know” before a service Monday in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Chapin, 20, was found dead on Nov. 13 along with Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21. All four were found at a home near the University of Idaho campus in Moscow City after police responded to a call about an unconscious person, officials said. According to the county coroner, the victims were stabbed to death.
State Police Communications Director Aaron Snell told CNN Tuesday that investigators are “definitely making progress” in the case after interviewing more than 90 people and receiving at least 700 leads. Authorities are also reviewing large files after asking the public to provide surveillance footage from the area.
“It’s a very large operation, a very large-scale investigation and it’s a very horrendous crime,” he said.
Ethan Chapin’s family gathered ahead of his funeral Monday to thank the local community and close family and friends he called “beacons of strength.” He also thanked strangers across the country for their support.
“Your comments and kind words are very touching. Please know that we consider you all friends now,” Stacey Chapin said with family members standing by.
Stacey Chapin also thanked the Moscow Police Department, saying that its investigators “now bear the burden every day, not only for us, but for all the families affected.”
The Moscow Police Department is leading the investigation into the stabbing with assistance from the FBI as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.
Officials are scheduled to hold a press conference next Wednesday to update the public on the investigation.
There are several unanswered questions about the investigation, and police say they have not identified a suspect or found the weapon used in the killing.
The gruesome crime has shaken the small college community of about 26,000 residents, which hasn’t had a homicide since 2015, and growing anxiety. the police said they failed to ensure that the population was not exposed to great danger.
“We can’t say the community isn’t at risk, and like we said, be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and always be aware of your surroundings,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday.
Together with society more and more disturbing Due to the murder and the lack of answers in the case, many students walked off campus before fall break.
Some professors canceled classes last week, including Zachary Turpin wrote on social network Until police provide more information or identify a suspect in the murder, he “cannot in good conscience hold a class.”
University of Idaho President Scott Green sent a warning to students and staff Monday about study options. Students are on fall break and two weeks into the semester when classes resume.
“Instructors have been asked to prepare in-person and distance learning options so that each student can choose his or her own method of participation … Moving courses entirely online is not preferred, but may be necessary in limited circumstances,” he wrote.
The graduation ceremony is still scheduled for December 10.
He also said there will be more state troopers on campus in the near future. The school’s security force has also been increased, he added.
Investigators began building a timeline of events surrounding the students and their last known whereabouts before the deadly attack.
Chapin and Kernodle had attended a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday night – the night before they were found dead.
Goncalves and Mogen were at a local sports bar between 10:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
After waiting for their food for about 10 minutes, they talked to each other like other people standing by the truck. The man driving the truck told CNN the pair were not in trouble or in any danger.
Goncalves and Mogen used a “private party” for the trip, arriving home at 1:45 a.m., police said. Investigators do not believe the driver was involved in the death, they said Saturday. All four victims returned home at 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
From there, authorities are trying to determine how and when the attack happened.
According to Moscow police, officers received a 911 call about an “unconscious person” around noon Sunday, and responding officers found the four students dead. Police said there were no signs of forced entry when they arrived.
Moscow police “do not believe” the two roommates, who were home at the time of the attack and were not injured, were involved in the crime, the department said Friday.
Moscow police cited the Latakh County coroner on Friday as saying the students “may have been sleeping” before the attack. According to a police update, some of the four suffered defensive injuries, but it is not clear how many were killed – and there were no signs of sexual assault.
At a press conference Sunday, the police chief declined to identify the person who called 911, saying only that it came from the phone of one of his surviving roommates.
Frye said the 911 caller was not a suspect.
On Monday, police said a dog was also found in the home. “The dog was not injured and was surrendered to animal services and then released to the responsible party.” The Moscow police announced this on their Facebook page.
The University of Idaho has announced a campus candlelight vigil on November 30 in memory of the four students who died.
“Join us, individually or as a group, wherever you are to help light up Idaho. Light a candle, turn on the stadium lights, or join us in a moment of silence as we gather on campus,” the university said.
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