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Police: Two More Roommates Were at Home When the Four University of Idaho Students Were Killed
Police announced at a press conference on November 16 that two additional housemates were there at a residence on November 13 when four University of Idaho students were killed. The two extra roommates were present at home when the other four housemates died, according to James Fry, the police chief of Moscow, Idaho, but they weren’t hurt or held hostage.
Fry stated during the press conference that although the killings occurred “early morning,” the police were not contacted until “about noon.” The two surviving housemates were still present when the cops showed up later that day to conduct an investigation, Fry was sure to note.
Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho were the four victims. According to Fry, the four were having autopsies on Wednesday. He did not mention the other two roommates in the media.
Investigators “think this was an isolated attack” with “targeted victims,” according to Fry, who reaffirmed that there is currently no person of interest. Later, when pressed by the media to clarify why police believed it to be a lone attack, he did so.
We cannot claim that the community is not under attack, he remarked. “There might be a threat out there.”He urged people to watch out for one another and share any suggestions. “We must exercise caution. We must keep an eye on our neighbors, he continued. “We need to keep doing that until we can stop this and make an arrest,” the officer said.
Additional information regarding the incident was provided at the press conference. According to Fry, the four victims were stabbed with a knife that has yet to be found, and the property showed no signs of being broken into. He added that no evidence of a robbery was there.
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The four vicissitudes Fry stated that detectives were attempting to compile a timeline of the fatal evening. So far, they have discovered that Goncalves and Mogen went to a downtown bar before stopping at a food truck, while Chapin and Kernodle attended a party on campus that evening.
He stated that they returned “sometime after 1:45 a.m.” More than 10 hours later, he claimed, a 911 call for an “unconscious person” came in “about midday.” The police department’s approach has been condemned in public by the families of several of the victims.
Jim Chapin, the father of the victim Ethan Chapin, told NBC News on November 15 that “there is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and the local police, which further encourages false tales and innuendo in the press and social media.”
In the statement, Jim Chapin claimed that the silence “further compounded the anguish of our family following the loss of our son.” “For Ethan and his three beloved friends killed in Moscow, Idaho, and for all of our families, I implore the government to speak the truth, reveal what they know, catch the killer, and safeguard the larger community.”
As we await further details of last night’s tragedy in Moscow, I want to send my condolences to the families of the four victims. My prayers go out to them and the entire University of Idaho community.
— Rep. Russ Fulcher (@RepRussFulcher) November 14, 2022
Fry provided an explanation for why investigators weren’t more candid about the probe during the news conference on November 16. We are receiving a lot of information, he said. And yes, we have made an effort to disseminate certain information via press releases. However, the truth is that I probably ought to have been in this position a day or two ago.
According to Goncalves’ sister Alive, the killings are not “isolated,” as claimed by the local NBC affiliate KHQ. Anything can be isolated up until the point where it isn’t, according to Alive Goncalves. And it is impossible to say this is an isolated incident unless we have someone in jail.
Not just once, not twice, not three times, but four times, according to Goncalves, “someone did this with a purpose.” There is nothing scarier than that, in my opinion. A rural community of 25,000 inhabitants, Moscow is located about 90 minutes southeast of Spokane, Washington. According to the police, the city has not had a reported homicide in a number of years.