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Updates on the Slain Students in Moscow, Idaho  

Updates on the Slain Students in Moscow, Idaho  

New York — For many parents, bringing their children to school is a scary thing. So many things can go awry. Parents worry over unplanned pregnancies, experimentation with drugs and bad grades. For the first time, their child is now an adult — away from their care, guidance and protection — causing a great deal of anxiety. Murder, however, isn’t typically on the top of their list of concerns. For a group of parents in Moscow, Idaho, a tragedy that seemed to be highly unlikely turned into a nightmarish reality. 

On Nov. 13, 2022, the Moscow Police Department found four University of Idaho students dead in their rental home. According to the coroner’s report, the students were most likely murdered in their sleep. According to the police investigation, the victims visited a bar and returned home in the early morning to their beds when they were stabbed to death.

The story gets stranger. Two other roommates were also in the home at the time of the murders and slept through the entire thing. Neither was injured, and neither are currently suspects in the case. In fact, Moscow Police have cleared everyone in the home as suspects. Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, are the deceased. Naturally, their families are devastated. Unfortunately, the police seem to have no clue who the culprits are. 

Photo Source: Kaylee Goncalves/Instagram

Updates on the Deaths in Moscow, Idaho

Thus far, Moscow Police have not arrested a suspect. However, On Dec. 7, police issued a press release stating that they were searching for the occupant of a 2011-2013 white Hyundai Elantra that was “in the area” when the students were killed. Their search has yet to bear fruit. On Monday, Dec. 12, police issued another “update.” According to authorities, investigators have “spent many hours” over the weekend analyzing tips and are prioritizing those related to the Hyundai Elantra. Interest in the vehicle has increased, it seems, as information submitted by the public has slowly trickled in.

Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier reiterated to the public, via video message, how seriously the Moscow Police Department is taking this case.

“I want to let everybody know that we are still 100% committed to solving this crime,” said Lanier.  “There’s a lot of information to sort through, and the information keeps coming in.”

Authorities also contend that they are making progress but cannot provide exact details on the strides they’ve made. So far, they’ve received 6,000 tips regarding the case. 

In the meantime, the students of Idaho State University attend their classes in fear, wondering what happened, or rather, who happened to their fallen classmates. 


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