Idaho university murders – live: Moscow police hunt mystery suspect after four students stabbed to death

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4 University of Idaho students found dead

The University of Idaho has been gripped by mystery and fear after four students were found dead from stab wounds in an off-campus home over the weekend.

Police say the group of friends — Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21 — were killed Sunday in an “isolated, targeted attack” at a home in Moscow, Idaho.

Their deaths are being ruled a homicide, but two days later no arrests have been made and nothing is known about the person – or persons – responsible for the murders.

In an update on Tuesday, police assured there is no “imminent threat” to the community, but have not disclosed any evidence leading to that conclusion.

Police also revealed that the victims died of stab wounds from a “sharp weapon such as a knife” that has not yet been recovered.

Meanwhile, creepy photos have surfaced of the friends laughing together just a day before the murders.

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Idaho mother stabbing victim refutes speculation about ‘crime out of passion’

Stacey Chapin, the mother of University of Idaho murder victim Ethan Chapin, has spoken out against speculation about the horror sting that left four dead in comments on the Idaho statesman.

Moscow Mayor Art Bettge said so the New York Times in an interview on Monday that the quadruple murder turned out to be a “crime of passion”.

Mrs. Chapin told the statesman: “I don’t want people to make assumptions about our children. It wasn’t drugs and it certainly wasn’t passion between these kids. Someone has entered the house.”

Police say there is no ongoing threat to the community, but have not released information on suspects or made any arrests.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed Sunday

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 7:30 AM

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Police say a “sharp weapon like a knife” was used in the quadruple homicide

In the first substantive release of information since four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, Moscow City Police said in a statement Tuesday that a “sharp weapon” had been used in the killing.

Police responded to a call for an unconscious person just before noon on Sunday and found the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in an off-campus home.

Police described the killings as an “isolated, targeted attack” and said there was “no imminent threat to the community at large”.

Autopsies are scheduled for later in the week, Moscow police said.

Slain University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 6:30 AM

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Timeline: What we know so far about the murder of four University of Idaho students

Officials say the students were killed between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday morning, just hours after one of them posted smiling photos to Instagram.

Maroosha MuzaffarNov 16, 2022 5:57 AM

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Mystery deepens over four University of Idaho students found dead

Moscow Mayor Art Bettge urged citizens not to worry about their own safety, calling the murder of four students “a targeted, one-off situation.”

Moscow police also said they did not believe there was an “ongoing community risk” based on their preliminary investigation, though no suspects had been arrested as of Monday night.

“Our condolences go out to everyone affected by this incident,” police said.

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 5:30 AM

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‘Four students stabbed to death and no one knows who did it, but there is no threat? What?’

University of Idaho students and their families are gripped by fear after hearing little from police about Sunday’s gruesome quadruple murder in Moscow.

Many have taken to social media to question the lack of clear information about the stabbing of four students from city officials.

Annie Reneau, who says she is the mother of a U of I senior, wrote a lengthy Twitter thread summarizing the community’s fears.

“I’m not sure people who aren’t directly connected to the University of Idaho in any way understand how little information students, parents and community members have been given about the murder of four students two days ago in an off-campus apartment. she wrote.

“It took over 24 hours to find out who was killed, and yes, families should be notified, obvs. But 24 hours is a long time. Almost 48 hours to figure out how they died – nothing but “it’s murder.” This is a small town. Murders are rare, and four students at once? WTH.

An air raid shelter was put in place after the bodies were discovered and lifted after an hour because the police do not believe there is a continuing threat. But not a suspect. NO SUSPECT. Four students stabbed to death and no one knows who did it, but there is no threat? What?

“Police believe it was an isolated, targeted attack. Okay, but someone crazy/angry/drugged/whatever enough to stab four people to death, even if they were targeted, is out there somewhere. I’m not generally paranoid, but that doesn’t fit right, right?

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 4:30 AM

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Mayor calls murders a ‘crime of passion’

The mayor of Moscow, Idaho, has called the murder of four students there a “crime of passion.”

Art Bettge said authorities were still investigating what happened, but the case was being treated as murder. He added that “the general assessment is that it is a crime of passion”.

“With a crime of this magnitude, it’s very difficult to get through,” Bettge said. He said the police will have to unravel the mystery.

However, Stacey Chapin, the mother of University of Idaho murder victim Ethan Chapin, has refuted the “crime of passion” angle.

Mrs. Chapin told the statesman: “I don’t want people to make assumptions about our children. It wasn’t drugs and it certainly wasn’t passion between these kids. Someone has entered the house.”

Maroosha MuzaffarNov 16, 2022 3:41 AM

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Friends set up fundraisers for University of Idaho stabbing victims

Quadruple victims of University of Idaho friends have set up fundraisers to help their families.

“Our hearts are so broken by the tragedy and loss of the U of I students,” the page’s organizer wrote.

A friend of Xana Kernodle has set up a separate GoFundme to help cover funeral expenses for her family, which raised more than $16,000 by Tuesday evening.

“Waking up and realizing it’s a day Xana won’t be there is unbearable,” the organizer wrote.

The parents and siblings of Ethan Chapin, who was in a relationship with Kernodle, donated $1,000 to the fundraiser.

Slain University of Idaho students Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 3:30 AM

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Four friends posted photos of college life in Idaho. Hours later they were murdered. What happened?

Two days after four students were found dead in an off-campus home, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

So why do the authorities claim there is no danger to the community?

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 02:30 AM

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Police say a “sharp weapon like a knife” was used in the quadruple homicide

In the first substantive release of information since four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, Moscow City Police said in a statement Tuesday that a “sharp weapon” had been used in the killing.

Police responded to a call for an unconscious person just before noon on Sunday and found the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in an off-campus home.

Police described the killings as an “isolated, targeted attack” and said there was “no imminent threat to the community at large”.

Autopsies are scheduled for later in the week, Moscow police said.

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 1:30 AM

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Idaho restaurant where two victims worked closes to ‘process and mourn’

A restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, has closed to “process and mourn” after two servers were killed in the University of Idaho quadruple homicide.

The Mad Greek restaurant posted a touching tribute to Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen on Facebook about the “deep sadness” the staff felt at the loss of “two of their own.”

“Xana and Maddie have been servers here for several years and have brought so much joy to our restaurant and everyone they encountered. Maddie was also the face behind our social media pages.

“With this incredible loss, we have stopped to process and grieve. Our deepest condolences go out to all the friends and families of Xana, Maddie, Ethan and Kaylee.”

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 00:30

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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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