On Friday, an emotional memorial service was held for the four University of Idaho students who were fatally stabbed at a home in Moscow last month.
Two of their surviving roommates broke their silence to express their condolences in a written message. It was the first time that either roommate was referred to by name.
Family and friends gathered on Friday to honour the lives of college students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, who were killed in a brutal quadruple murder on the early morning of November 13, which has not yet been solved.
Goncalves, Mogen, and Kernodle were roommates at the off-campus apartment where the murders occurred. Chapin, who was also a student at the University of Idaho, did not reside at the residence but dated Kernodle.
At the memorial, a local pastor read a letter written by two roommates who, according to the police, were home and sleeping when the murders happened upstairs, most likely between 3 and 6 a.m.
The pastor read aloud from a letter written by survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, stating, “Maddie, Xana, Kaylee, and Ethan were all one of a kind.”
“To Xana and Ethan: They were the ideal couple and had an unbreakable bond,” Mortensen wrote, while Funke said, “You were all gifts to the world in your own unique way, and the world will never be the same without you.”
Even though the murders happened weeks ago, police still haven’t found a suspect, found a weapon, or thought of a possible motive.
However, authorities continue to refer to it as a targeted attack. In a series of updates released last week, Moscow police and the Latah County district attorney initially appeared to retreat from their initial conclusion that the victims were the intended target.
Police eventually issued a statement clarifying that they believed it was a targeted attack but did not know if any of the students or their residence were the target.
“There appears to be no sign of forcible entry into the residence,” said Aaron Snell, a spokesman for the Moscow Police Department. Two survivors, in addition to the actual crime scenes, have led detectives and the police chief to firmly and persistently believe that this was a targeted attack.
The police have ruled out as suspects the surviving roommates who called 911 to report a “unconscious person.” But the fact that no one has been arrested in this case is making some of the families of the victims even more angry.
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Kaylee Goncalves’ sister, Alivea Goncalves, talked about this with News nation during an interview about the investigation.
Alivea Goncalves said, “Law enforcement is kind of throwing around this word “targeted,” but we don’t know what that means, and it almost feels alienating because we don’t have more information.”
“Not even in the immediate circle, but a few of the names that have been circulating are… I find it difficult not to delve into this topic,” she elaborated. “And I’m not sure how much of that is due to the fact that we have so little information from law enforcement.”
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