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'Time is precious, and you can't get it back': Ethan Chapin’s mom Stacy pays son heartbreaking tribute

'It’s really important that all you kids… you have to put your energy back into your goals,' Stacy Chapin said addressing the students at the vigil
Ethan Chapin's mother Stacy spoke at the vigil which was held at an indoor arena on campus (NewsNation/screenshot, Ethan Chapin obituary)
Ethan Chapin's mother Stacy spoke at the vigil which was held at an indoor arena on campus (NewsNation/screenshot, Ethan Chapin obituary)

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MOSCOW, IDOHA: University of Idaho students, family, and friends gathered in the Kibbie Dome, a location usually used for football games and celebrations, to stage a vigil at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 30, in memory of four students who were found murdered in November. The vigils were postponed until after the Thanksgiving holiday since the town was abandoned by fearful students.

On November 13, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were discovered butchered in their beds by a fixed-blade knife at an off-campus house, King Road. The three women occupied the home, and according to Chapin's parents, he was spending the night there with his girlfriend, Kernodle.


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Chapin's mother, as well as the dads of Goncalves and Mogen, spoke at the vigil. Kernodle's family was unable to attend since they were preparing for her memorial ceremony later this week. Stacy Chapin extended her condolences to the other families affected and discussed how the University of Idaho felt like the appropriate fit for Ethan and his triplet siblings to start the next chapter of their lives. “We all agreed, yes, this school is perfect for us, it feels right,” she said, of her kids choosing U of I.

She went on to state that she and the rest of Ethan's family are now focusing on sharing his legacy and discussing the influence he had in his brief 20-year life. She stated that her major message was to encourage everyone in attendance to spend time with their loved ones. "The hardest part -- we cannot change the outcome... We are eternally grateful that we spent so much time with him," Stacy Chapin said. "Make sure that you spend as much time as possible with those people, because time is precious, and it's something you can't get back." She added, "It’s really important that all you kids… you have to put your energy back into your goals."

The murderer has not been identified yet. Police call records show that residents are still on edge in the wake of the killings and have called 911 numerous times to report "suspicious" men and other unsettling happenings nearby. Shockwaves from the murders reverberated across this close-knit college community. The murderer has not been identified yet. Meanwhile, a neighbor of the four University of Idaho students who were stabbed to death has refuted the "upsetting" rumors that have been circulating online about him since the savage stabbings. Despite claiming to have "nothing to hide," student Jeremy Reagan said on Tuesday, November 29 that it was "upsetting" to be compared to a murderer after his prior media appearances came under severe online scrutiny, as per reported by The Independent. 

MEAWW previously reported a scholarship honoring Sigma Chi member Ethan Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in honor of the killed victim, which will provide assistance to one undergraduate member of the fraternity each year. Chapin was a freshman at the University of Idaho and a member of the Sigma Chi community. "We join the Gamma Eta Chapter in remembering a young man who was deeply loved and respected, as well as extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of Ethan, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen," the Sigma Chi Foundation said in a statement.