Kaylee Goncalves' family's lawyer says victims’ families knew of Bryan Kohberger arrest before others
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Christopher Kohberger, the suspect in the University of Idaho students' killing case, has been arrested and is being questioned by officials. The 28-year-old male is being held for allegedly killing four students: Madison Mogen, 21,Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. Recently, Shanon Gray, attorney for the Goncalves family, revealed crucial information about the investigation after the arrest of 28-year-old.
Idaho police notified the victims' families on Thursday night, December 22, hours before informing the general public that there had been a significant development in the investigation, according to Shanon Gray, the Goncalves family's attorney. Gray said, "Well, we were contacted last night by Moscow PD, so they gave us a phone call and then they gave us some more details this morning so we knew before everyone else did so that did a good job of contacting the family," as reported by News Nation.
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Recently, Ethan Chapin's family expressed their concern with the case, as the family reported, "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." The family acknowledged the help of the University of Idaho and Sigma Chi.
The statement further added, "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," as previously reported by MEAWW.
Who is Bryan Kohberger?
Kohberger is a graduate student at the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. In the school's department of criminal justice, Kohberger finished his first semester earlier in December, according to a statement issued by the organization on Friday night. According to CNN, police from the university's Pullman campus assisted authorities in executing search warrants at his residence and place of employment. The fact that Pullman is only a 15-minute drive from Moscow, the scene of the crimes, is another unsettling element.
Investigation that led to suspect
Authorities requested information from the public earlier this month regarding a white 2011–2013 Hyundai Elantra they thought was in the "immediate area" of the crime scenes at the time of the murders. Following that call, cops previously claimed that a flood of tips came in. According to two law enforcement sources briefed on the inquiry, after tracing the ownership of the Elantra back to Kohberger, investigators eventually focused on him. The lab result even reported that Kohberger's DNA was found at the crime scene. According to the authorities, after stabbing all four students, Kohberger fled to Pennsylvania.
This case has been very fragile and complicated, as it garnered national attention and pressure from web sleuths, media, and the victim's family. Moscow police authority took assistance from the FBI to track down the case. Following the capture of a suspect in the deadly stabbings of four University of Idaho students more than seven weeks after they were killed, the police chief in Moscow, Idaho, vehemently defended his department's handling of an earlier homicide investigation as the authorties recevied backlash during the investigation.