Idaho college murders latest: Victim’s father says Moscow police believe only one of four students killed was ‘target’

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Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Moscow police believe that only one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home was the intended “target” of the quadruple murders, according to the father of victim Kaylee Goncalves.

Ever since law enforcement made the grim discovery on 13 November, officials have described the attack as “targeted” but have refused to reveal what has led them to that conclusion.

“I’ve been told it’s one, but then again, there’s the bigness like it’s purposely big,” Steve Goncalves said on Wednesday.

It is not clear who among Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin is believed to be the target and no motive is known at this time.

Police are continuing to explore claims that Goncalves had a stalker – a claim that they have not been able to verify or rule out yet.

Now, 12 days into the investigation, officials are also exploring a potential link between the slayings and a 2021 unsolved stabbing murder in Oregon. The mother of the Oregon victim told The Independent on Thursday she hopes investigators can get answers for all five slain victims.

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What happened during the victims’ final hours?

The University of Idaho campus had been busy the day before the murder, Sheila Flynn reports.

The Vandals had prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome, unaware of the dark cloud that would linger over the town of just 25,000 for days to come.

Sheila writes: “Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading together to the bars downtown. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin.”

Less than 12 hours later, they all had been killed.

The Independent has a detailed account of the victim’s final hours:

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 11:00

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Mother of slain Oregon man speaks out after police reveal possible link to Idaho murders

Travis Juetten’s mother speaks to The Independent’s Rachel Sharp after learning that police are probing a possible link between her son’s 2021 stabbing murder in Oregon and the quadruple slayings of four students in Idaho.

On 13 August 2021, Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were woken at around 3am when a masked assailant broke into their home, entered their bedroom and stabbed them both multiple times with a knife.

He died and Ms Juetten miraculously survived.

This week, similarities were drawn between the knife attack on the young couple and the 13 November stabbing murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, 400 miles away in Moscow.

The Independent has the story:

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 10:40

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Police tell Idaho victim’s family only one of the slain students was the target

The family of one of the Idaho victims has claimed that law information officials have given them “vague” information about the case and whether it was just one student who was the target in the murders.

Kaylee Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, said that he was “a little in denial” about the killings and is focused on getting justice for his daughter despite the lack of information.

Authorities have remained largely silent about any breakthroughs in the tragedy, in which students Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were found dead on 13 November.

“I’ve been told it’s one [target], but then again, there’s the bigness like it’s purposely big. I’m hoping, but it confuses everyone, yeah, because nobody knows what that really means other than maybe somebody had a different kind of attack footprint,” Mr Goncalves said in an interview with CNN.

The Independent’s Maroosha Muzaffar has the full story:

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 10:20

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

Authorities have been cryptic about what happened to Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen on the night they were brutally stabbed in their rental home in Moscow, Idaho.

They were killed mere hours after posting smiling photographs on Instagram.

So far, neither the suspect nor the murder weapon have been traced and the police have cautioned the small town of 25,000 people to remain vigilant.

So what exactly happened in the hours before and after the students’ bodies were discovered?

The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have the story:

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 10:00

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Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow, Sheila Flynn reports.

There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds.

Sheila writes: “Moscow Lock Shop can’t keep up with the demand for deadbolts.”

“The Lock Shop has a waiting list “past Thanksgiving, that’s for sure,” he says. Most of the calls come from landlords and scared parents of students at UI, which is less than a mile away – ‘typically moms who are worried about their kids.’”

Sheila reports from on the ground in Idaho:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

Rachel Sharp25 November 2022 09:46

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Moscow police unable to confirm reports that victim had a stalker

Despite “looking extensively” into concerns raised by people who knew Goncalves that she had complained about a stalker, police were unable to confirm those reports, the department said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“We obtained information through some of our interviews that Kaylee had made some comments about having a stalker, so that’s where that came from,” Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said.

“So far we have not been able to corroborate that, but we are not done looking at that piece of information”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Andrea Blanco25 November 2022 09:00

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Housemate of murder victims honours them with tattoo

On Tuesday, the survivor posted a picture of her ink featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.

The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation.

Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses of the crime.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrea Blanco25 November 2022 08:00

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Dog was found alive and unscathed at bloody scene of Idaho college murders

The Moscow Police Department released a statement on Monday saying that officers responding to the fatal stabbings at 1122 King Road on 13 November located a dog at the residence.

The pet was unharmed and turned over to Animal Service, police said. It has since been released to a “responsible party.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has more:

Andrea Blanco25 November 2022 07:00

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Reddit sleuths weighing in on the investigation top 43,000

Internet sleuths frustrated over the lack of substantial updates in the University of Idaho murders investigation have taken to Reddit to share their theories about what happened on the night of 13 November.

Despite the posts being filtered as “speculation,” “information,” “questions” and “theories,” misinformation about the investigation, potential motives behind the killing and people who police have already ruled out as suspects continues to proliferate.

Some posts contain information that is entirely speculative and has already been debunked by authorities.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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Victim’s injuries ‘show she fought killer’

Autopsy findings, released last week, revealed that Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all stabbed multiple times with a large knife – sustaining injuries that caused them to bleed out inside their home.

Kernodle’s devastated father Jeffrey Kernodle said that his daughter’s injuries showed how she desperately tried to fight off the person who killed her, her boyfriend and two friends in the horror attack.

“Bruises, torn by the knife. She’s a tough kid,” he told CBS5.

The Independent has more:

Andrea Blanco25 November 2022 05:00

Idaho college murders latest: Victim’s father says Moscow police believe only one of four students killed was ‘target’

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