4 Idaho college students killed in ‘targeted assault’, no suspects in custody

Four University of Idaho students were killed in “an isolated, targeted attack” using a “sharp weapon” including a knife, police said Tuesday.

The students, who were found dead Sunday, were identified by Moscow, Idaho police as follows: Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

Moscow Police Captain Anthony Dahlinger told the Idaho Statesman that all four students are being considered victims, not suspects.

PHOTO: A photo posted by Kaylee Goncalves just days ago shows University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Goncalves.  The four were found dead in an off-campus home on November 13, 2022.

A photo Kaylee Goncalves posted just a few days ago shows University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Goncalves. The four were found dead in an off-campus home on November 13, 2022.

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“We certainly have a crime here, so we’re looking for a suspect,” he told the newspaper.

No one is in custody, but police said they believe there was “no immediate threat to the community.”

PHOTO: The home where four University of Idaho students were found dead on November 13, 2022.

The home where four University of Idaho students were found dead on November 13, 2022.

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The victims were found at a home off campus around noon on Sunday when officers responded to a report of an unconscious person, according to police. When officers arrived, they found the four students dead, police said.

Police said they were working to “recreate victims’ activities” Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

PHOTO: Police are investigating the scene of the deaths of several students at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, November 13, 2022.

Police are investigating the scene of the deaths of several students at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, November 13, 2022.

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The deaths appear to be a “unique situation,” Moscow Mayor Art Bettge told ABC News on Monday.

“Something had happened that led to these deaths — there was no robbery,” he said.

The gun was not found at the scene, police added.

PHOTO: The University of Idaho mourns four students found dead on November 13, 2022.

The University of Idaho mourns four students found dead on November 13, 2022.

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Chapin, a freshman, was in the Sigma Chi fraternity studying leisure, sports and tourism management, said college president Scott Green.

Chapin did not live in the house but slept with his girlfriend Kernodle, according to his mother Stacy Chapin.

“Ethan was very popular, the light in everyone’s life,” she told ABC News. “They were all American kids.”

Mogen, a senior, and Kernodle, a junior, were both marketing majors in the Pi Beta Phi sorority, Green said.

Goncalves, a senior, majored in general science and was in Alpha Phi sorority, Green said.

“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or alleviate the level of suffering we feel at their deaths in these tragic circumstances,” Green said in a statement. “The University is working directly with those affected and is committed to supporting all students, families and staff as this event undeniably affects us all.”

The police department said it was “deeply saddened for the families of these individuals, fellow students and friends, and our community at this time. Our deepest sympathy goes out to each and every person affected by this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Moscow Police Department at 208-882-2677.

ABC News’ Marilyn Heck and Nicholas Cirone contributed to this report.

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