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Who was Kaylee Goncalves? Slain Idaho University student 'didn't hold back on love', says sister in moving tribute

'Kaylee was, is, and always will be our defender and protector,' said the statement from the Goncalves family
UPDATED NOV 15, 2022
Kaylee Goncalves was onr among the four victims Moscow Police found dead (Screeshot/Youtube Krem2)
Kaylee Goncalves was onr among the four victims Moscow Police found dead (Screeshot/Youtube Krem2)

MOSCOW, IDAHO: On November 13, at 11.58 am, Moscow Police Department officers had responded to a call on King Road, close to the University of Idaho campus. Upon arrival, officers discovered four individuals who were deceased. These individuals were identified as Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21.

Now, the eldest sister of Kaylee Goncalves, Alivea Goncalves, has shared a heart-breaking tribute that said that Kaylee played a special role within their family with five siblings. According to her, Kaylee was the "fairness fighter" because she was the middle child. Alivea described her sister as constantly seeking new experiences and living life to the fullest. She stated that if her younger sister desired to do something, she would do it, regardless of what others told her.


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Kristi, Kaylee and Alivea's mother claimed that the siblings spoke virtually every day. According to Alivea, she last texted Kaylee on Friday, on November 11. All of Alivea's siblings, who are all within 10 years of one another in age, are quite close, as reported by Krem2. In a statement from Alivea on behalf of her family, she said, "Kaylee was, is, and always will be our defender and protector. She is tough and fair. The ultimate middle child. She did absolutely everything she set her mind to. She didn’t hold back on love, fights or life. Kaylee was the ultimate go getter and constantly wanted an adventure."


Madison Mogen, another one of the murder victims found by Moscow Police on Sunday, was also close to the family. Kristi reported that she felt she had lost two of her children after learning that Kaylee and Maddie were among the victims. Alivea, who thought she had lost two sisters, voiced similar sentiments.

According to Krem2, the two accomplished everything together and preferred to be presented as a unit. Alivea remembers her sister as a vital member of their "G Clan." Kaylee was a senior general studies student at the University of Idaho. She had reportedly expressed excitement about the upcoming year after graduating as she was planning to relocate to Texas, and work in the IT sector and had also been planning a trip to Europe.