'This is what we wanted': Slain Idaho students' families ‘relieved’ over arrest of Bryan Christopher Kohberger
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The Idaho murder victims' family members stated they are "relieved" after the suspect was taken in custody on Friday morning, December 30 following the investigation of the grisly killing of the four students. Hearing the arrest of Bryan Christopher Kohberger, slain student Kaylee Goncalves' grandmother Cheryl Goncalves said “Of course we’re relieved.”
“This is what we wanted. We wanted him caught and now we want justice," she told the New York Post. Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in their rental off-campus home in Idaho while they were asleep during the early hours of the day. According to the Moscow Police Department, the murderer killed the young students using “an edged weapon such as a knife” and believes it to be targeted murder, reports the New York Post.
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Near the crime scene, a white Hyundai Elantra was found where the murder took place and it was later discovered and confiscated after the vehicle matched the description of the car police had identified earlier.
The arrested 28-year-old was under suspicion and was traced in the Poconos area near Scranton in Pennsylvania. In a raid conducted early morning on Friday, Kohberger was taken under custody after weeks of the investigation conducted by the Moscow local police, Idaho State Police, and the FBI.
According to the New York Post, the suspect was reportedly a criminal justice doctoral candidate at Washington State University in Pullman. The university is situated around 10 miles from the murdered student’s rental home in Moscow.
Steve Goncalves, father of Kaylee Goncalves has been vocal throughout the investigation stating his view about the way the Moscow Police Department has been handling the high-profile murder probe. Talking about the investigators at the time, he told the New York Post that “they’re just inexperienced— and I don’t want anyone making mistakes in my child’s case.”
Mogen was a senior majoring in marketing from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Goncalves was a senior majoring in general studies from Rathdrum, Idaho, according to the university, Chapin, originally from Mount Vernon, Washington majored in recreation, sport, and tourism management, and Kernodle, a native of Post Falls, Idaho, was a junior marketing major, reports the New York Post.
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