University of Idaho moves classes online as cops hunt killer who brutally stabbed 4 students to death

University of Idaho moves classes online as cops hunt killer who brutally stabbed 4 students to death
University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, and Madison Mogen were stabbed to death (@xanakernodle, @maddiemogen/Instagram, University of Idaho/Facebook)

MOSCOW, IDAHO: In order to assure student safety, the university of Idaho authorities have been taking steps to move classes online as the Moscow police hunt for the vicious attacker who fatally stabbed 4 students on November 13.

University President Scott Green in a Sunday press conference noted that students’ safety has been the university’s top priority after the brutal murder of four students in their off-campus accommodation on King Road. Green said the officials have "ramped up our security safety practices" and they will make accommodations for students who want to or don't want to be on campus.


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"The police continue to inform us that they believed this was a targeted attack, but we recognize that this is not good enough for some of our students who will want to complete their semester remotely until the person who committed the crime is in custody," Green said according to The Mirror. In a memo, Green added: "Students, you are encouraged to do what is right for you. Whether this is going home early or staying in class, you have our support."

Investigators have established that four students—Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin—were fatally stabbed inside their house between 3 am and 4 am on the morning of November 13. It has been more than eight days since the crime came to light, yet the officials have failed to recover a weapon used to kill the students. The investigators believe a ‘Rambo Style’ knife was used by the killer.

The officials also revealed that two more women, Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen were in the house when the students were stabbed. But they confirmed that the women are not involved in the killing. “Nothing we can do will bring back these young lives, but we have an absolute commitment to solving these senseless murders,” said Kedrick Wills, director of the Idaho State Police, at a press conference.

Moscow Police is being assisted by the Idaho State Police and the FBI. Moscow Police Chief James Fry said his force has conducted over 90 interviews so far and had received at least 646 tips. Yet they have not found any concrete piece of evidence that leads them to the killer. Earlier, it was also learned that Goncalves made six calls to her ex-boyfriend Jack DuCoeur, 26, between 2:26 am at 2:52 am, only a few hours before the four were killed. Mogen also called DuCoeur three times from 2:44 am to 2:52 am.

Even though the killer left behind a massive "mess" of evidence, police confessed that they had no idea if they are still at large in the neighborhood or have fled.

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