University of Idaho President Scott Green assured students that safety will be their top priority in the coming weeks as the college town of 25,000 people reeled ten days after four students were killed.
“The brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin shook our close-knit community to the core and brought fear and devastating pain to our vandal family,” Green said in a message to the community. “We are sad and we are angry. We’re struggling to make sense of it.”
More than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Idaho State Police and Moscow Police Department are investigating the murders in Moscow, Idaho, but authorities still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon.
“Even with these additional resources, it’s unclear how long this investigation will take,” Green said. “This is deeply frustrating for all of us who are waiting for this criminal to be apprehended.”
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Students at the Washington state border university have the opportunity to study remotely if they are uncomfortable on campus during the final two weeks of the fall semester.
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U of I is just seven miles west of Washington State University, which is home to nearly 30,000 students and has increased police patrols to ensure the campus is safe.
“I recognize that despite these safety protocols, some of you may feel uncomfortable returning to campus,” WSU Chancellor Elizabeth Chilton told students in a message Tuesday. “The Provost’s Office has worked directly with Pullman faculty on all available student options and asked them to exercise understanding and grace during this difficult time.”
The four students were stabbed to death between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on November 13 in a three-story house a few blocks from campus, according to police.
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The victims had all returned home around 1:45 a.m. but were not found until someone called 911 from a surviving roommate’s cellphone just before noon to report an unconscious person.
Officials have released both surviving housemates, the person who drove Goncalves and Mogen home and a person who stood behind the women at a food truck hours before they were killed.
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Officials will hold a press conference at 4:00 p.m. ET to update the community on their investigation.