Police Say Death of 4 University Students Was Crime of Passion
(LibertySons.org) – Moscow, Idaho, is a small town of about 25,000 with a large student population attending the University of Idaho. Despite being a relatively safe area, a horrific crime rocked the community on November 13. Police responded to a call about someone unconscious at a house near campus and, when they arrived, found four young people dead instead.
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Officers continue to investigate the tragedy, but Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed the cause of death was homicide. A City of Moscow press release revealed authorities said the murder weapon was a knife or similar item. Investigators felt this was an isolated incident with no public threat, but they had not taken anyone into custody as of November 15.
Moscow Mayor Art Bettge told The New York Times that authorities believe the murders were a “crime of passion.” He stated the inquiry into what happened would be lengthy.
The University of Idaho posted on Facebook a little about each of the four victims, who had been students at the school. Ethan Chapin was a freshman studying recreation, sport, and tourism management. Junior Xana Kernodle was a marketing major and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Madison Mogen, a senior marketing student, also shared the same sorority as Kernodle. And senior Kaylee Goncalves was a general studies major and belonged to Alpha Phi.
The university implored anyone with information to contact the police. The entity also offered counseling services to students and employees while encouraging them to lean on one another during this tough time.
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