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Suspect at large in University of Idaho student killings

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(NewsNation) — The suspect, or suspects, who allegedly stabbed four University of Idaho students to death on Sunday remains at large and unidentified as of Tuesday.

Authorities initially said they believe the killings were a targeted, isolated attack, and have assured the public that there was no imminent risk to the community.

During a news conference Wednesday, Police Chief James Fry said he couldn’t guarantee there is no wider threat to the community. “We don’t believe it’s going to be to anybody else, but we all have to be aware of our surroundings and make sure we’re watching out for each other.”

The students, all close friends, were found dead in an off-campus rental home around noon on Sunday, and officials said they likely were killed several hours earlier.

There have been reports from neighbors saying they heard a party happening at the home, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told the Spokane, Washington-based television station KXLY that her preliminary investigation showed the students were stabbed to death. There is no indication that substance use was involved in the deaths, Mabbutt said.

A cause of death has not been officially revealed and autopsies scheduled for Wednesday could provide more information about the slayings.

“Crime knows no boundaries, and these murders have shaken us to our very core,” Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said during the news conference. “Our hearts break for the families. The loss of their loved ones, the University of Idaho, the Moscow community, and our entire state.”

Wills assured that the Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police are working closely together to make sure that whoever is responsible is brought to justice.

The victims have been identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, according to a Facebook post by the university president, Scott Green.

According to the president’s post, Chapin was a freshman from Washington, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management. Mogen was a senior from Idaho, a marketing major and a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Kernodle was a junior from Arizona, a marketing major and a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Goncalves was a senior from Idaho, a general studies major and a member of Alphi Phi.

“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel at their passing under these tragic circumstances,” Green said on Facebook.

Counselors and security are being provided around campus by the University of Idaho, and classes were canceled Monday.

University officials announced that the vigil for the victims has been delayed as the incident has prompted many students to leave campus early for Thanksgiving break.

An investigation into this incident is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Officers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex south of the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Four people were found dead on King Road near the campus, according to a city of Moscow news release issued Sunday afternoon. (Zach Wilkinson/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • Officers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex south of the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Four people were found dead on King Road near the campus, according to a city of Moscow news release issued Sunday afternoon. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • Officers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex south of the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Four people were found dead on King Road near the campus, according to a city of Moscow news release issued Sunday afternoon. (Zach Wilkinson/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • Officers patrol an apartment complex south of campus where four deceased University of Idaho students were found by local authorities on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. The Moscow Police Department has labeled the deaths as “homicides” but maintains there is not an active risk to the community. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • Officers investigate the deaths of four University of Idaho students at an apartment complex south of campus on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. The Moscow Police Department has labeled the deaths as “homicides” but maintains there is not an active risk to the community. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • A small number of students gather in the University of Idaho’s Student Union Building as classes were cancelled to honor student victims of a homicide investigation at an apartment complex south of campus on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • People gather to pray outside of the Pi Beta Phi sorority house at the University of Idaho after four students were found dead at an apartment complex south of campus, including two sorority members, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. The Moscow Police Department has labeled the deaths as “homicides” but maintains there is not an active risk to the community. (Zach Wilkinson//The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
  • Candles and flowers are left at a make-shift memorial honoring four slain University of Idaho students outside the Mad Greek restaurant in downtown Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Police discovered the bodies of the four students at home near campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, and said the killer or killers used a knife or bladed weapon in the targeted attack. Two of the victims, 21-year-old Madison Mogen and 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, were servers at Mad Greek. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
  • Candles and flowers are left at a make-shift memorial honoring four slain University of Idaho students outside the Mad Greek restaurant in downtown Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Police discovered the bodies of the four students at home near campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, and said the killer or killers used a knife or bladed weapon in the targeted attack. Two of the victims, 21-year-old Madison Mogen and 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, were servers at Mad Greek. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
  • This July 2022 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin on a boat on Priest Lake, in Idaho. Both students were among four found stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home on Nov. 13. (Jazzmin Kernodle via AP)
  • This Dec. 2021 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows father Jeff Kernodle, left, Xana, middle, and Jazzmin, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Xana was among one of four University of Idaho students found stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home on Nov. 13, 2022. (Courtesy of Jazzmin Kernodle via AP)
  • This July 2022 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin on a boat on Priest Lake, in Idaho. Both students were among four found stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home on Nov. 13. (Jazzmin Kernodle via AP)