Officials say that all fourThe victims are believed to be in the case inside a house near the campus on Sunday, but police are yet to release a cause of death or other details about the investigation.
Police discovered the bodies of the students just before noon, when they responded to reports of an unconscious man walking a few steps from the Moscow, Idaho campus. The victims were identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 20-year-old Zana Karnodle, from Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, from Rathdrum, Idaho.
The Moscow Police Department has labeled the deaths as “murder” but maintains that there is no active risk to the community.
The university stated that Chapin was a freshman and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and a junior majoring in carnodal marketing and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. The university said Mogan was also a senior in marketing and a member of Pi Beta Phi, and Goncalves was a senior in general studies and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. The university also had different hometowns listed for Chapin and Kernodal than the cities listed in the Moscow Police Department release: the school said Chapin was from Mount Vernon, Washington, and Kernodal was from Post Falls, Idaho.
The institute said on Facebook that Mogen and Kernodal worked at Mad Greek, a family-owned restaurant about a mile from the house where the students were found. The owners paid heartfelt tributes to both the students.
“Zana and Maddy have been servers here for many years and have brought a lot of joy to our restaurant and all the people in them,” the restaurant wrote, noting that Mogan did a lot of his social media management. “… you will be greatly missed. Thank you for being a part of our family/team and helping me so much over the years. Until we meet again.”
According to CBS affiliate KREM-TV, Goncalves’ family released an emotional statement about the loss of their daughter and sister.
“Kaylie was, is and always will be our protector and protector,” the family wrote in part. “… He did absolutely everything he set his mind on. He didn’t hold back on love, fights, or life.”
In the statement, the family also asked that people “avoid spreading harmful rumours” about the deaths of the four students.
University of Idaho President Scott Green said all students were “killed” under tragic circumstances, and Moscow Mayor Art Betge said all four students were believed to be victims in the investigation. Moscow Police Capt. Anthony Dahlinger told the Idaho Statesman on Monday night that none of the students who died is believed to be responsible for the deaths.
Betge said the students died between 3 and 4 a.m., but were not traced for hours.
“Police arrived in the afternoon, nothing happened in the interim and nothing happened afterwards, so this seemed like a unique incident that could not be repeated,” Betge said. That timeline helped officials determine there was no active risk, he said.
Dahlinger declined to confirm or deny Betge’s details about the timeline.
The university canceled classes on Monday and said additional security personnel were available to move students around the campus if needed for the rest of the week.
Still, the lack of information about the cause of the deaths – and the fact that police said there was no one in custody – left many parents concerned about campus security and some students leaving early for Thanksgiving. Were.
In a memo released Monday afternoon, University of Idaho President Scott Green urged university staff to be empathetic and resilient and to work with students who decided to skip classes to spend time with their families.
Greene wrote of the students killed, “Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought into this world or diminish the depth of the pain we feel at their passing in these tragic circumstances.” can.”
Police said anyone with information should contact the department at 208-883-7054 and asked people to respect the privacy of the victims’ families and friends.
Brian Nickerson, fire chief of the Moscow Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, said police were the first to arrive at the house. Nickerson said first responders from the Fire and EMS Department did not go inside or take anyone away from the scene.
The city of Moscow is a nearby college town nestled in the rolling hills of north-central Idaho, about 80 miles southeast of Spokane, Washington.
University of Idaho spokesman Kyle Pfannenstiel said a vigil was placed on the university’s administration lawn for the slain students at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Shortly after Moscow police announced a murder investigation, students at the University of Virginia were also asked to asylum after police said a suspect had shot fellow students on a bus as they were traveling from school. were returning. Three members of the school’s football team were killed and two other students were injured in the shootout. The shooting touched off an intense search operation on Sunday, and officials announced Monday that a suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., had been captured.