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University of Idaho student murders: Kaylee Goncalves’ father reveals why crime scene left him thinking she could be ‘target’

Father of Idaho murder victim says ‘means of death’ do not match

The grieving father of one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death in their beds has spoken out to reveal why he thinks his daughter may have been the intended target of the brutal attack.

Kaylee Goncalves’s father Steve Goncalves said that the killer “chose” to go up to the third floor where his daughter and her best friend Madison Mogen were sleeping – a route that took the perpetrator out of the way of the entry point to the home.

“I’m using logic that he chose to go up there when he didn’t have to,” he told Lawrence Jones Cross Country, adding that Mogen and Goncalves’ means of death “don’t match”.

It is now three weeks since Goncalves, Mogen, their housemate Xana Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were murdered in an off-campus home in the college town of Moscow, Idaho, back on 13 November. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

At a memorial service over the weekend, the two surviving roommates who slept through the attack paid tribute to their murdered friends in an emotional statement.


Victim’s boyfriend speaks publicly for first time since murder

The boyfriend of slain University of Idaho student Madison Mogen has spoken publicly about the death of his partner, weeks after four victims were fatally stabbed in an off-campus home in Moscow.

Jake Schriger, who knew all four students, spoke at a vigil held in Post Falls on Friday.“None of these people deserved this,” he said at the service.

Mr Schriger added: “She was the first person I talked to every morning and the last person I talked to before bed.”

“She was the person that I loved most.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar6 December 2022 07:30


A timeline of the victims’ final hours

Despite more details becoming available in the two weeks since the murders took place, key pieces of what happened in the early morning hours of 13 November remain missing.

Police have revealed the victims’ last steps, yet the timeline becomes blurry as the second part of the night of the murders progresses.

The pair walked straight down Main Street to a red brick building that used to host the now-defunct Garden Lounge; a favourite food truck, Grub Wandering Kitchen – fondly called Grub Truck by its many local fans – often parks outside on Main Street.

Goncalves and Mogen ordered, laughed and chatted with friends as they got their pasta carbonara; according to police, they got a lift home from a “private party” and returned to King Road around 1.56am.

Kernodle and Chapin returned to King Road at around 1.45am. The young couple had gone to a party across the road at Sigma Chi.

The other two roommates at King Road – who have still not been named by authorities – had gotten home first, around 1am, and fallen asleep, according to police.

Mogen and Goncalves both made multiple calls to the same number around an hour after they got home.

Goncalves’ sister said the unanswered calls were placed to her ex-boyfriend, who’d dated her sister for years before they amicably split, still sharing a dog named Murphy. He has been ruled out as a suspect.

Authorities believe a killer or killers fatally stabbed Chapin, Kernodle, Goncalves and Mogen between 3am and 4am.

Their bodies weren’t found until nearly nine hours later, around noon on 13 November.

(AP/Datawrapper/City of Moscow Police Department)

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 07:00


Former Idaho lieutenant governor defends police

Former lieutenant governor Dave Leroy defended law enforcement after parents of the four University of Idaho students killed in Moscow criticised the police for “suppressing” information.

Mr Leroy praised the authorities for not committing the “cardinal sin” of making information public that could potentially compromise the investigation.

“I understand that the comments of today were extremely modest, but police have not committed the cardinal sin here,” he told Fox News.

“They have not said something or done something that compromises the ongoing investigation. I think it’s important to pull together and understand how complicated this situation is.”

Three weeks after the fatal stabbings of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, the police are yet to identify a suspect.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar6 December 2022 06:30


Investigators are Seeking surveillance footage from “two areas of interest”

Businesses and homes within the geographical areas are being asked to share all outside surveillance video taken between 3am and 6am on 13 November – whether there appears to be motion and content or not.

The areas include: West Taylor Ave (north boundary), West Palouse River Dr (south boundary), Highway 95 south to the 2700 block of Highway 95 S (east boundary) and Arboretum & Botanical Garden (west boundary).

“Investigators have determined the two areas of interest within the city and have provided maps which are on our Facebook page and on our website,” Captain Lanier said on Sunday.

“And these are areas that they have canvassed for additional surveillance video and tips and have contacted several residents in the areas.”

Police have not revealed why they are honing in on those particular areas of the city.

The highway and arboretum are around the route that Kernodle and Chapin are likely to have taken to get from Sigma Chi to the off-campus home.

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 06:00


Victim’s father says he is not confident with police probe

Steve Goncalves, the father of slain University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves, said that he has lost confidence in the police investigation into the deaths of four students.

“I do not feel confident,” Mr Goncalves told Fox & Friends on Sunday when asked about the probe.

“And that’s why I push the envelope and say a little bit more. I hate to be that guy, but, you know …everybody has a job and a role to play and this is my role as the parent.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar6 December 2022 05:30


Victims were not tied and gagged, police say

Moscow Police previously debunked a false rumour circulating online that the four victims had been bound and gagged during the brutal attack.

“Online reports of the victims being tied and gagged are not accurate,” the department said in a press release.

Autopsies found that the four victims suffered multiple stab wounds and that some of them had defensive wounds.

The Latah County coroner said that they were found in bed and were likely sleeping when the attack unfolded. There was no signs of sexual assault.

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 05:00


Moscow police rule out ‘stalker’ incident connection to murders

Police in Idaho have made new revelations about reports that Kaylee Goncalves, one of the four University of Idaho students killed last month, had a stalker.

The department in a statement on Facebook said they were aware of an “isolated” incident involving Goncalves and two men in October.

The men, who reportedly followed Goncalves into a business and as she returned to her car, are not believed to be involved in the murder, Moscow police said.

“In mid-October, two males were seen inside a local business; they parted ways, and one male appeared to follow Kaylee inside the business and as she exited to walk toward her car. The male turned away, and it did not appear he made any contact with her,” the post read.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar6 December 2022 04:30


No evidence on dog found inside the home by investigators

Moscow police also revealed on Monday that the dog found inside the home by investigators was in a room where the crimes had not been committed and evidence was not found on the pet.

“While the dog was in the house when officers arrived, it has not been determined where the dog was physically located when the murders took place,” the department said.

Three weeks into the investigation, no suspects have been identified and no murder weapon has been found. Authorities have remained largely silent about any breakthroughs.

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 04:00


Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho college town after quadruple murder

A local lock shop can’t keep up with the demand for deadbolts.

“If you imagine that there’s two of us working, and then we’re going out and actually doing calls, and there’s 50 phone calls in one day … we’re not getting them all done,” locksmith Casper Combs, 28, toldThe Independent, pointing out that it takes about an hour to install each deadbolt.

Most of the calls come from landlords and scared parents of students at UI, which is less than a mile away – “typically moms who are worried about their kids.”

“Little town Moscow doesn’t get a lot of drama, thank God,” says Mr Combs. “We’re lucky enough to live in a town where this type of thing is kind of so outlandish … everybody is just freaked out, and that’s all that they’re talking about.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, more than two weeks after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 03:00


Father of Idaho victim says daughter may have been prime target and ‘means of death’ don’t all match

Steven Goncalves, father of 21-year-old Kaylee, said that the suspect went upstairs where his daughter and her best friend Mogen, 21, were sleeping on the same bed on the top floor, which was out of the way of the killer’s entry point.

Mr Goncalves said the entry point was the middle floor. “So, to me, he doesn’t have to go upstairs. His entry and exit are available without having to go upstairs or downstairs,” he told Fox & Friends on Sunday.

“Looks like he probably may have not gone downstairs. We don’t know that for sure, but he obviously went upstairs. So I’m using logic that he chose to go up there when he didn’t have to.”

The Independent has more:

Andrea Blanco6 December 2022 02:00