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Deaths of Four Students at University of Idaho Confirmed as Homicides, Killer Still at Large

Deaths of Four Students at University of Idaho Confirmed as Homicides, Killer Still at Large

“We do not have a suspect at this time, and we cannot say there is no threat to the community”

A few days ago, we posted a Quick Take about the deaths of four students at the University of Idaho. New details have emerged, making it a bigger story than previously thought.

The deaths have been confirmed as homicides, and federal law enforcement is now involved in the investigation.

FOX News reports:

Elite FBI unit joins probe into University of Idaho murders, students remembered

An elite Federal Bureau of Investigations unit has joined the search for the suspect who allegedly killed four University of Idaho students on early Sunday morning.

Four University of Idaho students, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed inside a King Street home in Moscow, Idaho between the hours of 3 and 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, according to Moscow Mayor Art Bettge.

Police found the four deceased students while responding to an unconscious person call on Sunday at 11:58 a.m.

Officials said on Tuesday in a press release that the suspect used an “edged weapon such as a knife” in the attack against the students. Investigators believe that the incident was “an isolated, targeted attack” with “no imminent threat to the community at large.”

Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told Fox News that the same knife was likely used as the weapon in killing all four victims…

During Wednesday’s press conference, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said that two roommates were inside the house when the four victims were killed on early Sunday morning.

The two roommates were “unhurt,” according to Fry, who didn’t add if the individuals were witnesses to the attack…

“We do not have a suspect at this time, and we cannot say there is no threat to the community,” Fry said. “There is a threat out there, possibly.”

Here’s a video report:

According to CNN, some students are leaving campus out of fear:

‘We’re leaving as fast as we can’: University of Idaho reels with unease days after killing of 4 students and no suspect identified

Five days after four University of Idaho students were found stabbed in their off-campus home last weekend, a deep sense of apprehension and grief is affecting the community as authorities work to identify a suspect.

The university’s often-packed parking lots had many empty spots Thursday after scores of students decided to return home or leave the area after the quadruple homicide last weekend shocked the college town of Moscow, Idaho.

“Everybody kind of just went back home because they’re scared. … It’s definitely uneasy on campus right now,” student Nathan Tinno told CNN.

This video contains some grisly details:

This will likely remain a national news story until a suspect is identified and caught.

Featured image via YouTube.


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This is a really weird story with a LOT of unanswered questions.

So they killed 4 of them… but there were 2 other people in the house, and 911 wasn’t called for something like 8-9 hours after the attack happened.

    The two roommates seem like good suspects. How could there not have been loud screams? The reporting delay is also suspicious.

    henrybowman in reply to Olinser. | November 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    The other two were in a “separate apartment” on an upper floor, and it looks like they were all blitzed when they went to bed, so quite possible that nobody heard nothin’.

      diver64 in reply to henrybowman. | November 19, 2022 at 6:14 am

      How do you know they were “blitzed”? I have not seen that reported anywhere but I would not be surprised if they were blitzed, stoned or wearing headphones. They are college students after all.

    MosesZD in reply to Olinser. | November 18, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    They were drunk and passed out. So it’s well within reason that they didn’t hear a knifing.

More has broken since. They have a spook on security cam acting mucho sus, who interacted with the girls outside a food truck. The comment about “we cannot say there is no threat to the community” is apparently a correction to a previous statement where the cops said exactly that.

“An elite Federal Bureau of Investigations unit has joined the search…”

Like mobsters lending their best hit men to solve a personal problem.

One of the young ladies was one of my daughter’s students. I told my daughter she really needs a gun between the abusive ex-boyfriend and now a crazy person around the campus…

(There is more to this than the story the media and police are reporting.) .

Despite my screen name, we moved to Idaho last year, in the Boise area. This is a truly awful story, my prayers go out to the families. Unfortunately, knowing the FBI is now involved doesn’t instill any confidence.

What makes this a Federal crime?

    gonzotx in reply to randian. | November 19, 2022 at 5:09 am

    The ability for the FBI to look “good”, helping to actually sole a crime against young white youth

    diver64 in reply to randian. | November 19, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Not much, I think but it’s not unusual if the local PD lacks the experience to investigate something like a multiple homicide scene to ask for FBI help.

    Chewbacca in reply to randian. | November 19, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Anytime there are three or more dead it is a mass murder and is eligible for federal investigators to be involved.

MoeHowardwasright | November 19, 2022 at 5:35 am

A very tragic situation. It brings to mind the serial killer in Gainesville Florida many years ago. Danny ?? Rocked that college town for months.
So an “Elite” fbi unit brought in. Must be “white supremacy”. Doh!!!! The victims were all white. Never mind….

by stating this was ” a targeted attack ” law enforcement would seem to be implying the killer knew the victims (or at least knew of them) prior to the attack–if that is true, then why leave the two other occupants alive ?–as far as the survivors not hearing anything going on below them at least a couple of plausible explanations–curious to be sure

if the locals called the feds for help would also think the locals believe there is a legitimate threat of other homicides occurring within the campus community

    TheOldZombie in reply to texansamurai. | November 19, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    This is mere speculation on my part but I want to answer your question about leaving the other occupants alive.

    If those occupants were asleep and not making any noise at all it’s possible the killer did not know they were in the house. The killer probably did not search the house.

There are a gazillion investigators working on this from various agencies. I wonder how they all coordinate with each other…..they are sure keeping the investigation close to the vest