Hundreds of students, family members mourned together at the University of Idaho stadium Wednesday nightUrged them to lift their eyes from sorrow and focus on love and the future.
Steve Gonsalves, Kaylee Goncalves’ father, said, “The only cure for pain is love — it’s the only thing that’s going to heal us, it’s the only thing that’s going to heal you.” “It will make a difference, and it’s something they can see where they are right now: that you’ve changed your life a little bit, that you’ve been a little nicer, a little kinder.”
Some in the crowd grabbed each other and wiped their eyes as they remembered, 21, Rathdrum, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, Post Falls, Idaho; and boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, of Kernodle, of Mount Vernon, Washington. All four were found stabbed to death on Nov. 13 at a rental home near campus in the quiet university town of Moscow, Idaho, and law enforcement has not yet named a person of interest in the case. Fears that the killer might strike again have prompted many students to finish the semester taking online classes from the perceived safety of their hometowns.
As a result, similar scenes were witnessed across the state, as candlelight processions were held simultaneously in several cities. In downtown Boise, several hundred people huddled around candle flames outside the University of Idaho building. High schools in some cities illuminated their sports fields in a sign of solidarity. Homeowners were urged to keep their porch lights on as a sign of support.
Madison’s father, Ben Mogen, told the crowd in Moscow that she was his only child, so “everything she did was a big deal.” Talking about “Maddie” was his pride, Mogen said, and the two loved attending concerts together.
“When I meet people for the first time since I was born, and they say, ‘Tell me about yourself,’ the first thing I’ll say is, ‘I have this daughter — here’s a picture of her, she’s on the dean’s list for college. In, she works hard, she has all these friends,'” Mogen said.
Madison’s best friend was Kaylee. Kaylee’s father Goncalves told the crowd that the girls met in sixth grade and from that moment on were inseparable friends.
“They went to high school together, then they started looking at colleges, they came here together. They eventually moved into the same apartment together,” said Steve Goncalves. “And in the end, they died together, in the same room, in the same bed.”
“It’s a shame and it hurts, but the beauty of both always being together,” he said.
The family of Xana Kernodle was unable to attend the vigil.
Ethan Chapin’s mother, Stacey Chapin, said in tears that she was there with her husband and Ethan’s triplet brother and sister.
Like other families, the Chapin family always tried to have dinner together when they had time and spent countless hours taking the children to various sporting events when they were young. They said the three chose the University of Idaho because they wanted a beautiful campus with a small town and a thriving Greek system.
Now, despite the horrific circumstances of Ethan’s death, the family is “eternally grateful that we got to spend so much time with him,” Chapin said.
“The most important message we have for you and your families is to make sure you spend as much time as possible with the people you love, because time is precious and it’s something you can’t get back,” Chapin said. “
Little new information has been released about the investigation into the murders and a suspect has not been identified. A county coroner said that all four were probably asleep when they were attacked. Investigators have yet to locate the fixed blade knife used in the murders.
Police said on Tuesday thatFrom the crime scene to a storage location where they will continue to examine them and process the evidence. Video posted by Fox News showed snow-covered cars being towed away.
Gov. Brad Little announced last week that he was directing up to $1 million in the state emergency fund for the investigation. The FBI has assigned 44 people to the case — half of them stationed in Moscow — and the Idaho State Police has 15 troopers helping with community patrols and another 20 investigators working the case.
Local law enforcement agencies have seen an increase in calls reporting suspicious behavior.
“We understand there is a sense of fear in our community,” the Moscow Police Department wrote on November 27. Doubly.
The university’s Dean of Students Blaine Eccles said Wednesday that the university has seen an increase in people calling its “Vandal Care” phone line to report that they were struggling or worried that someone else might be dealing with an issue. Was battling
“I personally have full faith that the police will solve (the deaths), but till that happens, no one will rest,” he said. “There’s someone who took the lives of four of our vandals, and we don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are.”