The killing of four University of Idaho students on Sunday sparked shock and sadness on campus, in the university town of Moscow, Idaho, and beyond.
The victims were Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, who became fast friends in 6th grade; Ethan Chapin, a triplet from Washington State known for his love of sports and his sense of humor; and Xana Kernodle, a marketing student whose family recalled her positive and light-hearted personality.
The four were found killed in an off-campus house. A suspect has not been arrested. Moscow police said they did not believe there was an ongoing threat and “evidence indicates it was a targeted attack”.
Here is what we know of the victims:
Kaylee Gonçalves, 21 years old
Kaylee Goncalves, of Rathdrum, a town near Coeur d’Alene, was “the ultimate go-getter,” her sister, Alivea Goncalves, told NBC’s “TODAY” in an interview.
She was a general studies major in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and was part of Alpha Phi sorority, the university said.
Goncalves and Mogen had been friends since middle school, and members of both families treated them as one of their own. The Goncalves took Mogen with them on the cruise, and vice versa.
“We’re all sisters – and Kaylee and Maddie were, in particular,” Aliea Goncalves said.
“They did everything together,” Aliea Goncalves said. “They fought like sisters, they loved each other like sisters, they shared clothes and fought for the clothes they shared like sisters.”
Kaylee Goncalves had recently purchased a 2016 Range Rover, she was planning a trip to Europe next year, and was planning to move, likely to Texas, also next year, her sister said.
“She had it all, absolutely everything,” her sister said. “She had her work lined up. She had worked very hard for it, she had just bought a new car, she had some trips planned.
Madison Mogen, 21
Mogen, of Coeur d’Alene, was a senior marketing major and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the university said.
“I wouldn’t have wanted someone else to be the main character in all my childhood stories,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on Instagram in May to wish Maddie a happy 21st birthday. A slideshow showed them growing from young girls into the students they were.
“I love you more than life! My best friend forever and more,” Mogen replied, along with a heart emoji.
Mogen planned to move to Boise after graduating this spring, family friend Jessie Frost said. the Idaho Statesman newspaper.
Mogen also worked with Kernodle at a restaurant and Mogen helped manage the company’s social media pages, the newspaper reported. The restaurant, the Mad Greek, published on facebook that the two women “brought so much joy to our restaurant and to everyone they met”.
Ethan Chapin, 20 years old
Chapin was a freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, a town in Skagit County north of Seattle.
He majored in recreation, sports and tourism management and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, according to the University of Idaho.
Chapin had just turned 20 and was a triplet, said his parents, Stacy and Jim Chapin. NBC Affiliate KING of Seattle.
“All we do is all of us together,” Stacy Chapin told the station. “We’re a pretty tight-knit family.”
Chapin and his siblings were athletic, and among the sports he played was club soccer for years, his parents said. He was funny and loved country music, they said. “He literally lit up every room,” his mother told KING.
Xana Kernodle, 20 years old
Kernodle, of Post Falls, Idaho, was a marketing junior, and she was also part of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the university said.
“I’m lucky to have had her as a sister,” her sister, Jazzmin Kernodle, said in a statement.
Jazzmin Kernodle recalled her sister as someone who was so positive and light-hearted that she “always lifted a coin”. The family are at a loss for words and are waiting to hear more about the investigation.
“Our hearts go out to Kaylee, Maddie and Ethan and all of their families. They were all amazing people and were so loved,” she said. “My sister was so lucky to have them in her life.”