Idaho murders: These unseen pics of Xana, Ethan, Madison and Kaylee will make you adore them even more
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The small university town, that hadn't seen a murder for years, went into shock after it was revealed on November 13, 2022, that four University of Idaho students were brutally killed while they were asleep at home. In an off-campus residence, the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were discovered dead from what seemed to be a knife attack. The hunt for a suspect continued for over a month. Then, finally came the breakthrough when investigators finally arrested the first suspect from Pennsylvania.
The 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, who reportedly was a first-year PhD student, studying at Washington State University, was arrested and charged with four counts of murder, and one count of burglary. While we wait for justice for the four innocent lives that were killed, let us go back and explore some of the unseen memories of the Idaho victims to know them a little better.
Kaylee Goncalves was a senior at the University of Idaho and was a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity chapter. After the death of Kaylee, her sister revealed about her, "She had everything going for her, absolutely everything. She had a job lined up. She'd worked really hard for it. She had trips planned."
Remembering Kaylee, one of her classmates recently revealed to ABC News, “She was in everyone's corner. She was the voice for people who didn't have the voice.” At the initial stage of the investigation, one name was in the head of everyone on social media, and it was Kaylee's ex-boyfriend, Jack DuCoeur. DuCoeur's name surfaced during the investigation when it was revealed that Kaylee had tried to call him several times before she tragically died.
Kaylee and DuCoeur dated in 2019 and he also asked her to the prom. Goncalves also shared some photos on Instagram of herself and her ex-boyfriend DuCoeur. Kaylee’s family later revealed that Jack and Kaylee were really close and they all thought that they would eventually get married.
Just like Kaylee, Mogen was also a senior at the University of Idaho and belonged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Mogen and Goncalves were really close and they posted several pictures together on their Instagram profiles. According to the family, they did almost everything together even from a very young age and got into the University together.
Both Mogen and Kernodle had jobs at the Moscow restaurant Mad Greek. After the tragic killing of November 13, the company announced on Facebook that it would be temporarily closing in order to grieve. "Xana and Maddie have been servers here for several years and brought so much joy to our restaurant and all of those they encountered. Maddie was also the face behind our social media pages,” the statement on their social media said.
During a recent interview with ABC, Kaylee’s sister Alivia Goncalves expressed her feeling of comfort after she found out from the investigators that Kaylee and Madison were in bed together in their final moments. "If I couldn't have been there to hold their hands and to take that pain from them, at least they had each other. It's honestly one of the most comforting things in this," she had remarked.
Kernodle was a junior to Kaylee and Maddie at the University of Idaho and was doing a marketing major there. She was also a part of the Pi Beta Phi sorority just like Madison Mogen.
One close friend of Xana recently revealed to ABC News, "I've never met someone like Xana before ever; she opened her arms wide and let me in her life the day I met her. Her biggest joy in life was to be happy and to make others happy. I had so much respect for Xana because she always made me happy, and her energy just poured out."
Kernodle posted lots of photos with her boyfriend Ethan Chapin. he wished Chapin a Happy Birthday in her most recent post on October 29 and wrote, "Happiest of birthdays to @ethanchapin4 ❤️ life is so much better with you in it, love you!"
Chapin was a first-year student majoring in recreation, sport, and tourism administration who was from Mount Vernon Washington. Moreover, he belonged to the fraternity Sigma Chi. Chapin, who was a triplet baby, celebrated his birthday with his siblings in late October, just months before his killing.
After the death of Ethan, his mother Stacy Chapin revealed that her son was the "family comedian" and that he enjoyed sports and country music. A fraternity brother of Chapin also dubbed him as the "most kind-hearted, humble individual that I have ever met."
"You can be around people that are always negative... Ethan is the opposite of that. If you're in a bad mood, you wanted to find Ethan just to cheer yourself up a little bit,” he added. Chapin's former basketball coach, Tyler Amaya also revealed to ABC that, "[Ethan] was one of those humans that when he looked you in his eyes, you could see his heart.”