Idaho murders – live updates: Victim Ethan Chapin’s family and friends mourn ‘unimaginable’ loss

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

The family and friends of one of the Idaho murder victims, Ethan Chapin, gathered in Mount Vernon, Washington on Monday to remember the slain student.

“We want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in a program for the memorial.

“It is an incredible testimony to his character just how many lives he has touched in his short 20 years. The loss is unimaginable but our family will persevere.”

Chapin, along with Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle, were stabbed to death inside a University of Idaho off-campus home in the early hours of 13 November.

More than one week on from the killings, investigators continue to be baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified.

On Sunday, police admitted that they have no idea if the killer is still at large within the community or has fled the area, despite the overwhelming “mess” of evidence they left behind.

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Idaho students were stabbed to death in their beds

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds from a “pretty large knife.”

“It has to be somebody pretty angry in order to stab four people to death,” Mabbutt said.

Mabbutt’s comments expanded on the autopsy reports that concluded the four students were murdered by being stabbed to death. The bodies were found on the second and third floors.

Authorities have said they were found in their bead and were likely sleeping at the time of the attack.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 05:20

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Ethan Chapin spent last day of his life with his siblings

Chaplin, a triplet, attended the University of Idaho with his siblings, his mother Stacy Chapin told the Idaho State Journal.

“He was our daughter Maizie’s date, and his brother was Maizie’s roommate’s date,” Ms Chapin told the outlet.

“They all spent their last day together, all dressed up, and had a great time. We’re all thankful that they spent that time together.”

Ms Chapin described her son as a carefree young man who “would make every situation better.”

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 04:40

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Nearly 130 officers, investigators have been assigned on the case

According to the Moscow Police Department, 33 officers from the department are pursuing the investigation, including four detectives, 24 patrol officers and five supporting staff.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also assigned 22 investigators on the ground in Moscow, 20 agents out of other parts in Idaho, West Virginia and Utah, and two behavioural analysts.

Meanwhile, Idaho State Police has 20 investigators and 30 troopers working on the case and assisting community patrols.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 04:00

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Boyfriend of Idaho murder victim has had world ‘turned upside down’

Madison Mogen, 21, had been in a relationship with fellow Idaho university student Jake Schriger for around a year.

His mother, Stacy Schriger, described the young couple as being like “peanut butter and jelly” and the pair often posted loving photos of each other on their social media accounts.

On 13 November, Mogen was brutally stabbed to death along with three friends inside her college home, in an attack that officials are describing as “personal”.

Ms Schriger told The New York Post that her son’s “world has been turned upside down” by the news of his girlfriend’s savage murder.

She revealed that Mogen was close with the family and she had been looking forward to the young couple both coming to spend Thanksgiving with her later this month.

“We were expecting her for Thanksgiving,” she said. “Whenever we talked on the phone, she always said, ‘I love you.’”

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 03:20

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Dog was skinned, filleted three miles from scene of the murders

Three weeks ago, Jim and Pam Colbert’s 12-year-old mini Australian shepherd was killed when they let it outside their backyard.

“We called the sheriff’s department and the supervisor said that Buddy had been skinned,” Ms Colbert told the Daily Mail.

She continued: “It was like a deer that someone had hunted. They cut him around the neck and just skinned him. His little legs had fur and his little face had fur, but the rest of him was just skinned.”

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 02:40

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Kaylee Goncalves called ex-boyfriend seven times before she was killed

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, was found stabbed to death alongside friends Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, at a home where the three women lived in Moscow, Idaho, on 13 November.

Goncalvez’ sister Alivea came forward over the weekend about her phone activity on the night of the murders. She said that her sister had called her ex-boyfriend seven times the night she was killed but he had missed the calls because he was sleeping.

“At 2.26am, Kaylee starts to call [redacted]” Ms Goncalves told Inside Edition. “Kaylee calls [redacted] six times between 2.26 am and 2.44am. From 2.44am to 2.52am Maddie calls [redacted] three times, then Kaylee makes a final call to him at 2.52am.”

Ms Goncalves gave the first name of the man in question, but The Independent has redacted it to avoid undue speculation. On Sunday, Moscow Police said that the man was not considered a suspect in the investigations.

She also told The New York Times that her family “stand behind Jack 100% and know he absolutely had nothing to do with this at all.”

The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 02:00

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A week on from the murders, questions keep mounting

The quadruple murder of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, on 13 November shocked the small college town of Moscow.

Much of the brutal stabbings remains a mystery, with police refusing to release details in order to protect the investigation.

Among the mystery surrounding the case is how the killer was able to subdue the four victims without waking up them or the surviving roommates. The bodies were found on the second and third floors.

Police have admitted they continue to investigate the evidence to piece together what exactly happened on the night of the slayings.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 01:20

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Surviving roommates ‘summoned friends’ to the home before 911 call

According to the authorities, two of the surviving roommates of the victims “summoned friends to the residence because they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up”.

“At 11.58am, a 911 call requested aid for an unconscious person. The call originated from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates’ cell phone,” Moscow city’s police department wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday without revealing the identity of the caller.

“Multiple people talked with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow Police officer arrived at the location. Officers entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors,” the department added.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 00:40

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Authorities continue efforts to track killer

The Moscow Police Department said that the contents of three dumpsters on King Road to locate possible evidence have been seized.

The department has also contacted local businesses with inquiries about fixed-blade knife sales similar to the one used in the killings.

More than 600 tips have been received and are currently being processed or have already been investigated and cleared.

Ninety individuals who may have information about the murders have been interviewed.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 00:00

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Victim’s father describes tragedy as his ‘worst nightmare’

Jeffrey Kernodle, the father of one of four students at the University of Idaho found stabbed to death at the home three of them shared, told The Independent the tragedy is his “worst nightmare.”

“How can you protect your kid? You keep them at home and don’t let [them] go to college? They’re not gonna stay at home like that,” Mr Kornodle told The Independent on Thursday. “So, it’s really mind-boggling. It’s just completely unthinkable and it’s the worst nightmare.”

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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