- Four student pals at University of Idaho were stabbed to death in what police have called a “targeted attack.”
- The victims have been identified as Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.
- The killer — or killers — responsible for their deaths remains on the loose and no suspects have been identified.
Four close friends and students at the University of Idaho were stabbed to death in what police have called an “isolated, targeted attack” that unfolded over the weekend at an off-campus rental home shared by three of the victims.
The early morning November 13 slayings of 21-year-olds Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves and 20-year-olds Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle — who were reportedly dating — have shaken the small, quiet town of Moscow, Idaho.
The three women were sorority members, while Chapin was part of a fraternity.
The killer — or killers — responsible for their deaths remains on the loose and the chief of the Moscow Police Department said investigators have not yet identified a suspect as he urged the community to “stay vigilant.”
Many details surrounding the deaths still remain unknown.
Below is a timeline of what is known about what the victims were doing in the hours before they were murdered and in the aftermath of their bodies being discovered by police on November 13 just before noon inside of the home about a mile away from the college.
Goncalves posted that she was “one lucky girl” on November 12
In what would become her final Instagram post, Goncalves, posted four photos, including a snap of herself and the three other victims, to Instagram on November 12 at 8:57 p.m. local time — several hours before authorities believe the murders happened.
“One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl everyday 🤍,” the senior captioned the post that showed her and her pals with ear-to-ear smiles.
The victims had a night out before they were killed on November 13
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said that investigators had learned that Chapin and Kernodle attended a party on the University of Idaho campus on the night of November 12, while Mogen and Goncalves hung out at a downtown bar.
Fry asked “if anyone in our community or across our nation has any information about these times or the victims’ whereabouts” to notify authorities.
A stop at a late-night food truck
Video shows Mogen and Goncalves at a popular, late-night food truck in the hours before the killings.
The pals can be seen ordering up a plate of carbonara from Grub Truckers at around 1:30 a.m. local time on November 13, according to a livestream broadcast by the food truck on the site Twitch.
In the video from the food truck, Mogen and Goncalves were seen talking with others as they waited for their grub.
Food truck manager Joseph Woodall told CNN that the women did not appear to be in distress or danger at the time.
The victims arrived at the home where they were killed after 1:45 a.m. on November 13
Mogen, Goncalves, Chapin and Kernodle all arrived at the shared home on King Road in Moscow sometime after 1:45 a.m. on November 13, according to Fry.
Goncalves, Kernodle, and Mogen lived with roommates at the rental home, according to the Idaho Statesman. Chapin was going to spend the night at the residence with Kernodle, whom he was dating, his mother told the news outlet.
Slain the early morning hours
The four victims were stabbed to death at the home “in the early morning hours” of November 13, according to Fry.
Moscow Mayor Art Bettge told ABC News that it is believed that the killings occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Two roommates were home at the time of the attack, said Fry, who suggested that they were not witnesses to the murders.
911 call for an ‘unconscious individual’ made hours later the next day
Officers with the Moscow Police Department received a 911 call at 11:58 a.m. local time on November 13 for a report of an “unconscious individual” and responded to the home.
When police arrived at the scene for a “caregiving check,” they discovered the bodies of Mogen, Goncalves, Chapin and Kernodle.
Fry would not tell reporters who called 911, and police don’t know why the call was made hours after the friends were killed.
“We don’t know why that call came in at noon and not in the middle of the night,” said Fry.
The two roommates who were home at the time of the attack were not hurt and Fry refused to say what they told police.
There were no signs of forced entry, but the door of the residence was open when police arrived at the scene, Fry noted.
“We’re focusing on everyone who may be coming and going from that residence,” said Fry.
Police walk back assurances that there is no community threat
In the days after the killings, police stressed that there was “no imminent threat to the community at large,” but officials have since walked back those statements as no suspects have been identified.
“We do not have a suspect at this time and that individual is still out there,” Fry said on November 16.
He added, “We cannot say that there is no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
Fry explained that investigators “still believe” the attack to be “targeted,” however, “the reality is there is still a person out there who committed four horrible, horrible crimes.”
The FBI and state police are helping investigate the murders.
Latah County Coroner rules the cause of death was a homicidal stabbing, per multiple news reports
“It would have had to been a large knife,” Cathy Mabbutt told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Thursday. The murder weapon has not been found.