University of Idaho murders – live: Moscow police hunt mysterious suspect after four students are stabbed to death

4 University of Idaho students found dead

The University of Idaho has been gripped by mystery and fear after four students were found stabbed to death in an off-campus house over the weekend.

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

Their deaths were ruled a homicide, but two days later no arrests have been made and nothing is known about the person – or people – responsible for the killings.

In an update Tuesday, police said there was no “imminent threat” to the community, but did not release any evidence leading to that conclusion.

Police also revealed that the victims died of stab wounds from a “bladed weapon like a knife” which has not yet been recovered.

Meanwhile, eerie photos have emerged of the friends smiling together just a day before the murders.

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Family of quadruple Idaho stabbing victim ‘eagerly awaits updates’

The University of Idaho stabbing victim’s sister, Xana Kernodle, told ABC News that the family is “looking forward to updates on the investigation.”

Jazzmin Kernodle said in a statement that her sister had “so much life to live”.

“She was so light and always lifted a coin,” Jazzmin told ABC News.

“She has made me such a proud big sister and I wish I could spend more time with her.”

In a text at the New York Times On Monday, Jazzmin said she and her family were “confused” about what happened and hoped to get more information from law enforcement by Tuesday.

Ethan Chapin, left, and Xana Kernodle, were among four University of Idaho students killed on Sunday

(Xana Kernodle/Instagram)

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 08:30

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Idaho mother who stabbed victim refutes ‘crime of passion’ speculation

Stacey Chapin, the mother of University of Idaho homicide victim Ethan Chapin, pushed back on speculation about the stabbing horror that left four people dead in comments to the Idaho statesman.

Moscow Mayor Art Bettge said the New York Times in an interview Monday that the quadruple homicide appeared to be a “crime of passion.”

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

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

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

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 07:30

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Police say a ‘bladed weapon like a knife’ was used in quadruple homicide

In their first substantive information since four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, Moscow City Police said in a press release Tuesday that a “bladed weapon” was used in the homicide.

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

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

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

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, University of Idaho students killed

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 06:30

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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 3am and 4am on Sunday morning, just hours after one of them posted smiling photos on Instagram.

Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 16, 2022 05:57

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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 killing of four students a “targeted and one-off situation”.

Moscow police also said they did not believe there was an “ongoing community risk” based on their preliminary investigation, although no suspects were arrested on Monday evening.

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

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 05:30

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

University of Idaho students and their families are gripped with fear after hearing little from law enforcement about the horrific quadruple homicide in Moscow on Sunday.

Many have taken to social media to question the lack of clear information about the stabbings of four students by 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 don’t know if people not directly connected to the University of Idaho somehow understand the little information that students, parents, and community members have. obtained on the murder of 4 college students in an off-campus apartment two days ago,” she wrote.

“It took more than 24 hours to find out who had been killed, which, okay yes, families need to be informed, obviously. But 24 hours is a long time. Almost 48 hours to find out how they died, nothing That’s a homicide. It’s a small town. Murders are rare, and four students at a time? WTH.

“Shelter in place after the bodies were found, then lifted after an hour because the PD don’t think there is a permanent threat. But no suspects. NO SUSPECTS. Four students stabbed to death and no one knows who did it, but there’s no threat? What?

“Police believe it was an isolated, targeted attack. Okay, but someone who was mad/angry/drugged/something enough to stab four people to death, even if he was targeted, is out there somewhere. I’m not usually paranoid, but it’s not going well, is it?”

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 04:30

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Mayor calls homicides a ‘crime of passion’

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

Art Bettge said authorities are still investigating what happened but the case is being treated as a homicide. He added that “the overall assessment is that this is a crime of passion.”

“With a crime of this magnitude it is very difficult to work with,” Mr Bettge said. He said the police will have to piece together the mystery.

Stacey Chapin, the mother of University of Idaho homicide victim Ethan Chapin, however, refuted the “crime of passion” angle.

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

Maroosha MuzaffarNovember 16, 2022 03:41

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Friends host fundraiser for University of Idaho stabbing victims

Friends of the quadruple victims at the University of Idaho 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 organizer wrote.

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

“Waking up and realizing this is a day when Xana won’t be – is unbearable,” the organizer wrote.

The parents and siblings of Ethan Chapin, who was dating Kernodle, donated $1,000 to the fundraiser.

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, students killed at the University of Idaho

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 03:30

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Four friends posted photos enjoying college life in Idaho. A few hours later, they were killed. What happened?

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

So why do the authorities insist on the absence of danger for the community?

Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 02:30

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Police say a ‘bladed weapon like a knife’ was used in quadruple homicide

In their first substantive information since four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, Moscow City Police said in a press release Tuesday that a “bladed weapon” was used in the homicide.

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

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

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

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Bevan HurleyNovember 16, 2022 01:30

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