'We are relieved': Ethan Chapin's family speaks out after Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger's arrest
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The family of Ethan Chapin, one of the four University of Idaho murder victims, has spoken out after the arrest of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger on Friday, December 30. "We are relieved this chapter is over because it provides a form of closure. However, it doesn't alter the outcome or alleviate the pain. We miss Ethan, and our family is forever changed," a statement from the family reportedly read.
"We remain grateful to the University of Idaho and the Sigma Chi fraternity for their ongoing support. We also appreciate the outpouring of kind words from so many others, which we'll need as we enter the next chapter of this nightmare. Today, we marvel at the continued stories about Ethan and the lives he touched in his short 20 years. If we all lived and loved as Ethan did, the world would be a better place," the statement further read.
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According to the University of Idaho, Chapin majored in recreation, sport, and tourism management and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He resided in the frat house about 200 yards from the scene of the crime, as per KHQ.
Kohberger was taken into custody by Pennsylvania police early on December 30. He attended Washington State University, which is only ten miles from the University of Idaho, where Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Chapin, 20, were fatally murdered in their sleep on November 13. When Kohberger was apprehended, police claimed they found the white Hyundai Elantra they had been looking for in the case. That means he traveled further than Brian Laundrie did when he left Wyoming for Florida after killing his ex-fiancée Gabby Petito—more than 2,500 miles—after the killings.
Goncalves' father, Steve, said on December 30 on Fox News that Kohberger's arrest brought him the "first sense of joy in seven weeks." Kernodle's cousin, Sheldon, reiterated in a tweet the need for more information from the public. "Our work isn’t done yet. If you have any information that could help law enforcement and/or prosecutors regarding BRYAN KOHBERGER please email/call the tip lines," he tweeted.
Our work isn’t done yet. If you have any information that could help law enforcement and/or prosecutors regarding BRYAN KOHBERGER please email/call the tip lines below:— Sheldon Kernodle (@amigoshel) December 30, 2022
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Mogen and Karnodle were part of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and were majoring in marketing. The University of Idaho and Kernodle's family have collaborated to fund a scholarship in her name.