The Victim Posted One Lucky Girl Hours Before Her Death

The Killer who Murdered 4 University Of Idaho Students Is Still At Large; The Victim Posted “One Lucky Girl” Hours Before Her Death


The person or people who stabbed to death four University of Idaho students remained at large as of early Wednesday. This caused many students to leave the campus in a peaceful small town, even though police said there was no immediate danger to the community. Photos and messages on Instagram show that the four are close friends who have known each other for a long time. One of the victims recently wrote that she was “one lucky girl” to be around these people.

By Tuesday, many students had already left the beautiful campus in Moscow, Idaho, which is full of trees. University of Idaho spokesman Kyle Pfannenstiel told CBS News on Tuesday that a vigil for the students who were killed was moved to the week after the school’s fall break.

The students, who were all close friends, were found dead in a rental home away from campus around noon on Sunday. Officials said it was likely that they had been killed several hours earlier. Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told KXLY, a TV station in Spokane, Washington, that her initial investigation showed that the students were killed by being stabbed. Mabbutt said that there is no evidence that drug use had anything to do with the deaths.

The Moscow Police Department has not said if investigators have found any suspects, but they have said in a statement that the killings were “an isolated, targeted attack” and that there is no immediate threat to the community as a whole. Police also said that evidence from the scene shows that there isn’t a bigger threat, but they didn’t say what that evidence was.

In a statement released Tuesday, the department said, “We decided early on in the investigation that we don’t think there is an ongoing threat to the community.” “The facts show that this was a planned attack.”

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said he knows that the police saying the public isn’t in immediate danger seems to go against what we know about the killings so far.

“Obviously, police can’t say there’s no risk, but what they’re seeing shows that there’s not a risk that this person will randomly attack people,” Thompson said, adding that it’s not yet clear if it was one or more attackers.

Thompson said, “I don’t think they’re going to rule out the idea that it could be one or more people, but they don’t know who did it yet.”

Investigators were trying to figure out what the victims did before they were killed, according to the police department. Thompson said that this includes looking at a Twitch Livestream video that shows two of the victims talking and getting a late-night snack from a food truck a few hours before they were killed.

Thompson said, “They’re trying to find out who else was at the food truck and what kind of contact they had with them.”

Thompson said, “I don’t think they’ll rule out the idea that it could be one or more people, but right now they don’t know who did it.”

The police department said that detectives were trying to figure out what the victims did before they were killed. Thompson said that this includes looking at a Twitch Livestream video that shows two of the victims talking and getting a late-night snack from a food truck in the hours before they were killed.

Thompson said, “They’re trying to find out who else was at the food truck and what kind of contact they had with them.”

The autopsies that are planned for Wednesday could tell us more about what happened.

The police statement said that investigators were “following all leads and finding people of interest” in the case.

Sunday, when police were called to the house because someone was unconscious, they found the students’ bodies. The victims were identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin from Conway, Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle from Avondale, Arizona; and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves from Rathdrum, Idaho. Authorities haven’t said who lived in the house with the victims.

Jazzmin Kernodle, Kernodle’s sister, told the AP in a text message that her family was confused and anxiously waiting for news about the investigation.

Jazzmin Kernodle wrote, “It breaks my heart that Xana was so happy and loved.” She said that the other students were also wonderful people and that her sister was lucky to have them as friends.

“She was always happy and brightened up the room. I was so proud to be her older sister, and I wish I could have spent more time with her “she put in writing. “She still had so much to live for.”

All of the people who died were in a sorority or fraternity. Kernodle was seeing Chapin.

In one post, Kernodle wished Chapin a happy birthday by writing, “Life is so much better with you in it, love you!” The caption went with a picture of Chapin wearing mouse ears and a chef’s hat, with Kernodle on his shoulders.

Goncalves posted a series of photos a few weeks ago that showed her and Mogan growing up together. She wrote, “I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to be the main character in all the stories I read as a child.”

“I love you more than my life! My best friend forever and more, “Mogen replied.

Another photo, which was apparently posted just hours before they died, showed the four of them and two other friends smiling and posing as if they had nothing to worry about. Chapin had his arm draped over Kernodle’s shoulders, and Mogen was sitting on Gonclaves’ shoulders.

Goncalves wrote, “That girl is lucky to be around these people every day.”

KREM-TV, a CBS station, says that the Goncalves family made a sad statement about the deaths of their daughter and sister.

“Kaylee was, is, and always will be our protector and defender,” the family wrote in part. “… She did everything she thought about doing. She wasn’t shy about love, fights, or anything else in life.”

Tuesday, the small farming town was full of signs of the people’s sadness and uncertainty. Moscow has about 26,000 people living there, but when the students come, that number grows by about 11,000.

On a table in front of the Mad Greek restaurant in downtown Moscow, where Kernodle and Mogen had worked, flowers, candles, and notes were left as a makeshift memorial. In the middle of the table were four white pillar candles, each with the name of a student who had died.

The owner of the restaurant wrote on Facebook that Mad Greek would be closed for a few days so that staff, friends, and family could deal with “this incredible loss.”

“Xana and Maddie worked here as servers for years and brought so much happiness to our restaurant and to everyone they met,” the owner, Jackie Fischer, wrote. “You will be missed very much. Thank you for being a part of our family or team and for all the help you’ve given me over the years.”

The Sigma Chi fraternity, where Chapin was a member, was just a short walk from the home where the four people died. A half-staff flag flew in front of the fraternity.

The rental house with six bedrooms was still surrounded by crime scene tape on Tuesday, but there didn’t seem to be much going on inside. A deputy from the Latah County Sheriff’s Office stood guard by the driveway, and officers from the Idaho State Police were also there.

Captain Anthony Dahlinger of the Moscow police said that they were “trying to identify a suspect,” but he wouldn’t say if they had anyone in mind.

Dahlinger said, “These things are dynamic and always changing.”

Monday classes were cancelled at the University of Idaho, and the school said that extra security staff would be available to walk students around campus. Still, many people left days before Thanksgiving break was supposed to start because no one had been arrested and there wasn’t much information about the deaths.

The students who stayed behind didn’t seem scared.

Tuesday, student Nicole June said, “I feel pretty safe.” “I think the police can do what they need to do.”

Nathan Lannigan, who is 18 years old, was surprised to hear that there was no ongoing threat because no one had been caught.

“I think that’s a quick answer,” Lannigan said.

In a memo sent out on Monday, University of Idaho President Scott Green asked university employees to be understanding and flexible with students who wanted to spend time with their families.

“Words can’t do justice to the light these students brought into the world, and they can’t take away the pain we feel at their tragic deaths,” Green wrote about the students who were killed.

The university said that Chapin was a freshman and that Kernodle was a junior majoring in marketing and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. The university said that Mogen was a senior who was also majoring in marketing and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Goncalves was also a senior who was majoring in general studies and was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.