Students At University Of Idaho Are Puzzled And Terrified By The Bizarre Triple Killing

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple Homicide

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple Homicide: The aftermath of a quadruple homicide in a house full of college students has left Moscow, Idaho, in a state of shock.

On November 13, four University of Idaho students—Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin—were fatally stabbed in a leased house off-campus.

Mogen, Goncalves, and Kernodle shared a room, which makes the blitz attack all the more bizarre given that two other housemates were at home uninjured.

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple HomicideOfficers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex south of the University of Idaho campus on Nov. 13. Four people were found dead on King Road near the campus, according to a city of Moscow news release.

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple Homicide

When the victims were discovered on November 13 around midday, a cellphone belonging to one of the survivors was used to dial 911, according to Moscow police. Police cited the ongoing investigation when they declined to identify the call’s maker. At a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow police Chief James Fry corrected a reporter who had incorrectly referred to the living housemates as witnesses. Fry affirmed, “I don’t believe I ever stated they were witnesses. I said that they were present.

The case that has shaken the college town has few specifics. Moscow experiences few violent crimes; the most recent homicide was reported there around five years ago.

All four victims were out enjoying their Saturday before horror-struck. Sometime during the day, Goncalves posted photos on Instagram of her roommates and Chapin. “One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl every day,” she wrote.

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple Homicide
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, 21-year-old roommates in Moscow, Idaho, were stabbed to death on Nov. 13. 

Mogen and Goncalves went to a bar in downtown Moscow before getting food from a truck; a Livestream posted by the food truck showed the two grinning and ordering. Later that night, Chapin and Kernodle went to a party at Sigma Chi. Then, in order to get home, Mogen and Goncalves made a “private party driver” call. Police stated that they did not think the driver was responsible for the killings on Saturday.

All four students appear to have returned home by around 2 a.m. When they got home, at least two of them—Mogen and Goncalves—kept calling a man.

Moscow police stated in a statement on Saturday that “detectives are aware of many phone conversations from victims Madison and Kaylee to a guy.” “This data is related to the ongoing inquiry.”

There were no indications of forced entry, and the killings may have been “targeted,” according to the police. Nothing that would suggest a robbery was stolen from the house, and there were no indications of a sexual assault. Although several of the victims did have defensive wounds that suggest they fought back, according to coroner Cathy Mabbutt, at least some of the victims were probably asleep in bed when they were assaulted. The three-story, the six-bedroom house had two floors where victims were found.

Officers investigate a quadruple homicide at a rental home south of the University of Idaho campus on Nov. 13.

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According to The Idaho Statesman, detectives have been enquiring about the Ka-Bar brand and other “fixed-blade” style knives at nearby hardware stores.


What we know about the four victims

Madison Mogen, 21, was a senior and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Her area of study at the College of Business and Economics was marketing.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, a senior in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences from Rathdrum, Idaho, was a member of the sorority Alpha Phi.

Autumn Goncalves wrote on Instagram, “(maddie and kaylee) did everything correctly.” “They shut their doors and left together. despite their intelligence and fighting prowess, this nevertheless occurred.

Idaho College Bizarre Quadruple Homicide
Photo and the names of four University of Idaho students who were killed on Nov. 16  in Moscow, Idaho.

Alos, 20-year-old Post-Falls, Idaho resident Xana Kernodle was a junior marketing major in the College of Business and Economics. She belonged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority, just like Mogen.

Jazzmin Kernodle, Xana’s sister, said to CNN, “You rarely get to meet someone like Xana.” “Everyone she encountered adored her because she was so upbeat, witty, and happy. She always made a room seem better since she was so upbeat.

Also, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin from Mount Vernon, Washington First-year student Chapin majored in the administration of recreation, sport, and tourism. He belonged to the Sigma Chi fraternity, and the night before they were killed, he and Kernodle went to a party there. Chapin was one of a set of triplets, according to the family. They all attended the University of Idaho.

In this photo provided by Stacy Chapin, triplets Ethan, Maizie, and Hunter Chapin pose in front of a tulip field in La Conner, Wash., in April 2021.

Police seek any new leads

The Moscow Police Department is searching the neighborhood around the victims’ residence at 1122 King Road for any security video or photographs. Anyone with information is urged to contact the tip line by phone at 208-883-7180 or by email at At 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Moscow police will hold a press conference.

Also, the police then backed back their original assertion that there was no present danger on Wednesday. We cannot claim that the community is not under attack, Fry added. “We continue to think it was a targeted strike. However, the truth is that someone who committed four absolutely horrific acts is still at large.

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