Will Unsolved Murders Upset University of Idaho Enrollment? [photos]
Quadruple Homicide Horrifies Small Town
Four University of Idaho students were murdered in their Moscow rental house near campus on Sunday, Nov. 13.
According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the autopsies conducted the following Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Spokane County confirmed the victims had been stabbed to death with "a large knife."
As reported by CNN, two days later the Moscow Police Department indicated some of the victims had injuries consistent with defensive wounds. In an interview with KPHO/KTVK in Avondale, Arizona, Xana Kernodle's father said his daughter was a fighter.
Bruises, torn by the knife. She's a tough kid. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it. —Jeffrey Kernodle
Since then, the quiet farming community of some 26,000 residents of Moscow, Idaho, have been left shocked and outraged over the atrocity.
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 are remembered as four of the university's best and brightest.
Prior to the murders, Ethan, Madison, Xana, and Kaylee had each attended parties at separate locations. It was the last time they would be seen alive. The grisly quadruple homicide occurred in the dead of night as the young people were sound asleep.
Politician Expresses Concern for U of I Enrollment
As reported by Fox13 Seattle, Idaho House Minority Leader Llana Rubel predicts the university could experience "collapsing enrollment" unless authorities solve the gruesome murders.
I think they’re going to see collapsing enrollment. They’re going to see people transferring out. Nobody wants to send their kids to a community where they could face this kind of horror.
It's every parent's worst nightmare, it's every student's worst nightmare. They have got to find the perpetrator.
Moscow Police Need Your Help
Authorities are asking for the public's help.
If you have any credible information or context to share with detectives, please call or email the tip line below. Click here to read the City of Moscow press release.