Idaho murders updates: Police calls surge as Moscow community racked by fear two weeks on from college killings

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Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students

Moscow police are battling a surge in calls as the small-town community continues to be wracked with fear that the killer or killers are still on the loose two weeks after the murder of four University of Idaho students in a brutal knife attack.

Since Nov. 13 — the day of the murders — Moscow police have received 78 calls for “unusual circumstances” and 36 requests to check the well-being of loved ones, up from 70 and 18 respectively for all of October, according to a press release shared. on Sunday.

“We understand that there is fear in our community,” police said.

The students are expected to return to Moscow on Monday after Thanksgiving break, but it remains to be seen how many will return in person, as – two weeks after the November 13 murders – no arrests have been made and there are no suspects identified.

Investigators continue to believe the stabbings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were targeted, but have declined to reveal what evidence led them to this conclusion.

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The murder mystery that stunned the Idaho Police Department

Nearly everything that last happened after 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the college home where Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen were murdered still remains a mystery.

The investigation has been compounded by shifting narratives from law enforcement and wild social media speculation that has seeped into the local rumor mill.

The independentSheila Flynn reports from the ground in Idaho.

Rachel SharpNov 28, 2022 11:10 AM

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ICYMI: University of Idaho students told they won’t have to return to campus until late this year after the killings

The University of Idaho plans to provide shelter for students who left campus after the murder of four students.

University president Scott Greene said the college plans to be “flexible through the end of the semester,” and that faculty were asked to prepare in-person and distance learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

Rachel SharpNov 28, 2022 10:50 am

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Police intend to keep details “out of sight” to protect the investigation

Days after saying the public should “trust” them with the idea that the murders of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were targeted, police have revealed why they don’t share the rationale behind the assessment.

Aaron Snell of the Idaho State Police told Fox News Digital on Saturday that information about the targeted killings is being treated with caution so as not to jeopardize the investigation, which has entered its second week with no arrests or significant developments.

“So if we’re just providing information to the public, I don’t think that’s going to be a wise choice,” he said.

The independent has the story:

Rachel SharpNovember 28, 2022 10:30 am

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What happened in the last hours of the murder victims in Idaho

It could have been anyone, in any American college town, on any Saturday night. Such was the behavior of the murdered students in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death.

Reporting from Moscow, Sheila Flynn outlines the final hours of the four young students:

Rachel SharpNov 28, 2022 10:10 am

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The Moscow Police Department has properly secured crime, according to the Idaho State Police

Aaron Snell, of the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Saturday that Moscow police, which had made their last kill before the November 13 murders in 2015, had followed protocol and properly secured the crime scene.

“I am convinced that there has been no compromise with regard to the integrity of the investigation. We know that Moscow police have arrived at the scene,” Mr. Snell told Fox. “They essentially saw what had happened.”

“They shut it down and then additional funds came in. We have a lot of the best of the best, the best technology, the latest and greatest in training. So indeed, I believe in the integrity of this research.”

(PD Moscow)

Rachel SharpNovember 28, 2022 9:50 AM

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The university will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday

The University of Idaho will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday for the four students who were murdered in their off-campus home on Nov. 13.

Moscow police said the vigil will be held on Nov. 30 after the brutal murders of 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves and 21-year-old Madison Mogen.

(Zach Wilkinson/Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP)

Sravasti DasguptaNovember 28, 2022 9:30 AM

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The last hours of the four killed students

It could have been anyone, in any American college town, on any Saturday night. Such was the behavior of the murdered students in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death. The independent‘s Sheila Flynn reports.

She writes: “The University of Idaho campus had been busy that day, a sea of ​​gold and silver as the Vandals prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies at the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome.

“It was 28 degrees at kick-off – the weather was described as a terrifying ‘ice fog’ – but happy, loyal fans showed up; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing, but didn’t stop the students from preparing to take the city.

“They included five girls who lived in a three-bedroom rental on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and just two blocks from the edge of campus.”

Hours later, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves were murdered.

Read Sheila Flynn’s full coverage:

Andrew BlancoNovember 28, 2022 8:40 AM

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ICYMI: No Link Between University of Idaho Murders and 2021 Oregon Stabbing

Police investigating the murders of four University of Idaho students ruled out a possible link to a similar stabbing a year earlier.

Sravasti DasguptaNovember 28, 2022 8:00 AM

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Parents are making a plea to stop the rampant rumors

The loved ones of University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen have been trying to process their grief amid rampant rumors about the circumstances surrounding the murders.

“All the noise out there is really hurting the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told me. The independent. “And it leads police down paths that aren’t real and takes them away from those that are.”

Police have made similar requests to repeatedly update their social media posts to address specific inaccuracies.

They shot down reports that the skinning of a dog nearby was connected to the murders; then they said a report of a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded”.

The independentSheila Flynn has the story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 28, 2022 7:20 AM

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The Idaho Police Department is keeping details “out of sight” to develop the investigation

Police have said they are not releasing details about why they believe the University of Idaho students were targeted, in order to protect the ongoing investigation.

Sravasti DasguptaNovember 28, 2022 6:30 AM

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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