University of Idaho students will have the option of remote or on-campus learning after Nov. 13 murders of four students near campus, President Scott Green said in a video posted Thursday on Facebook.
Green had discussed the possibility of a hybrid learning option last week, and the video posted to the school’s Facebook page at Thanksgiving solidified the plan for students, as authorities have yet to announce a suspects in the brutal stabbing students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
“We heard from students with varying needs,” Green said in the video. “Some aren’t comfortable being back in Moscow until a suspect is in custody. Others are asking for in-person classes and the structure that campus life brings. To meet the needs of all of our students, we have asked our faculty to work with each student to complete the semester in person or remotely.”
The school’s structure will resemble Zoom classes, recorded lectures, or other forms of blended learning that teachers have established during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin have deeply shaken our community and brought devastating fear and pain to our vandal family,” the university president said. “We’re sad. We’re angry. We’re struggling to make sense of it.”
The school will hold a vigil for students on November 30 when some students will be back on campus after the Thanksgiving break.
The four students, aged between 20 and 21, were stabbed repeatedly as they slept in their Moscow, Idaho, home near campus in the early morning hours of November 13 after spending the evening with friends. They each had multiple stab wounds, and some had defensive wounds, according to the Latah County coroner and the Moscow Police Department (MPD).
MPD officers arrived at the scene later on November 13 while responding to a 911 call about an unconscious person made at 11:58 a.m. The caller believed one of the victims had passed out and would not wouldn’t wake up, according to the police.
Since the killings, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officials have been assigned to the case to help MPD identify and find the killer, as well as the killer’s motive. Authorities are also still looking for the murder weapon, which they believe to be a knife. They received and analyzed over 1,000 tips related to the case.
“Even with these additional resources, it is unclear how long this investigation will take. It is deeply frustrating for all of us who are waiting for this criminal to be arrested,” Green said in his Thursday video.
Authorities are also looking into victim Kaylee Goncalves’ comments about have a stalker.
“Kaylee mentioned having a stalker, but detectives were unable to corroborate the statement,” the MPD said in a statement Wednesday. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker or unusual cases to contact the whistleblower line.”
Police are asking anyone with information or images related to the murders to call 208-883-7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.