Police in Moscow, Idaho, are now calling the murder of four University of Idaho students last Sunday an “isolated” and “targeted” attack. Authorities note the four were “apparently stabbed to death,” according to Fox News.
RTM previously reported that officers were called to a residence, used by students for off-campus housing, to investigate a report of an “unconscious person,” according to a City of Moscow press release.
Moscow Police Department Captain Tyson Berrett told the Idaho Statesman that while investigating the 1122 King Road residence, police found the four deceased students.
In a Tuesday morning statement, Moscow Police Department confirmed that the deaths “have been ruled homicides,” and while “no weapons have been located, based on preliminary information, investigators believe that an edged weapon such as a knife was used” to commit the crimes.
The Fox News report noted the names of the victims: Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.
In a brief tribute to the victims, Fox noted the following:
- Chapin was a freshman from the Mount Vernon area of Washington…He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and was working to complete his major in recreation, sport and tourism management in the University of Idaho’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
- Kernodle was a junior majoring in marketing at the university’s College of Business and Economics. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
- Mogen was a senior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Like Kernodle, she was completing her major in marketing at the College of Business and Economics. She was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
- GonCalves was a senior general studies major in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. She was from Rathdrum, Idaho, and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.
The police department statement noted that authorities expect autopsies to be “completed later this week, at which point police will hopefully provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths.”
Police added, “based on information from the preliminary investigation, investigators believe this was an isolated, targeted attack, and there is no imminent threat to the community at large.”
The statement also noted that “investigators are continuing to work diligently on establishing a timeline of relevant events to re-create the victims’ activities on the evening of November 12 and early morning of November 13, following all leads and identifying persons of interest.”
University of Idaho President Scott Green released a statement on Monday:
“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel at their passing under these tragic circumstances. No one feels that loss more than their families and friends.”
Green added: “The university is working directly with those affected and is committed to supporting all students, families, and employees as this event undeniably touches all of us.”
Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Moscow police at 208-883-7054.
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