It’s an unsolved police investigation that’s rocking America. Four students from the University of Moscow in the state of Idaho were found dead in their shared apartment on Sunday afternoon. The victims, all very close together, were apparently the target of a knife attack.
Five days after this massacre, many questions remain unanswered. US police still have no leads or weapons, reports CNN.
These four students have been publicly identified. There is one man, Ethan Chapin, 20, and three women, Kaylee Gonçalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.
A few hours before this macabre discovery, Kaylee Goncalves, one of the victims, had posted a photo on Instagram of the four of them beaming with happiness on the porch of their home with the caption: “A lucky girl to be surrounded by these people every day”.
What happened in the night from Saturday to Sunday?
While the police have called witnesses and there is fear on the university campus, the investigators are trying to trace back the last hours of the victims, to identify possible suspects and the motive for the crime. Were these students the victims of a burglary? Where were they particularly attacked?
Chapin and Kernodle were at a party on campus, while Goncalves and Mogen were spending the evening at a downtown bar, Moscow Police Department chief James Fry said.
Chapin did not live in the house but slept with his girlfriend Kernodle, according to the young man’s mother.
A video filmed by surveillance cameras analyzed
Food truck camera footage captured the last known movements of two of the victims. This surveillance video shows Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves stopping for a late night meal. It is after one in the morning when these images were filmed. “Goncalves and Mogen have been best friends since they were kids and they ‘did everything together’ Alivia Goncalves, sister of one of the victims, told ABC News.
During the roughly 10-minute wait in line for the food truck, the 21-year-old BFFs seem to be enjoying themselves, laughing with one another, taking photos and chatting with other students who have gathered nearby.
A mysterious man appears to be with them as they arrive in front of the food truck, but the two young women leave the scene alone.
According to coroners, Mogen and Goncalves were killed two hours later in their college dorm with friends Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20.
A few days before the Thanksgiving celebrations, many students on the Moscow campus have been awaiting the return to their families.
“We cannot say that there is no threat to the community”
Police said in a rather alarming statement on Wednesday that they could not be certain the public was not at risk, overturning an earlier statement that the attacks were targeted.
“We cannot say that there is no threat to the community”, The head of the Moscow police department, James Fry, said at a press conference on Wednesday. “And as we have said before, please remain vigilant, report suspicious activity and remain vigilant at all times.”
When asked by CNN, Ava Dritfmeyer, a student on that campus, shared her feelings: “It is so dark. It’s like a dark cloud over everything. We have to get out of here as soon as possible.”
Ava, who said she lives near where the four students were killed, described the situation as difficult to cope with, both mentally and emotionally.
“Do you know how crazy that is? And the fact that there are no answers to our questions is the worst feeling ever,” She said.
“Everyone kind of went home because they’re scared. … There’s a real uneasiness on campus right now.” student Nathan Tinno also told CNN.
Two key witnesses roommates
According to ABC, there were two other roommates in the home at the time of the death. “None of them were hurt or held hostage”developed the president of the university, Green.
Information confirmed by the police. “There were a lot of other people in the house at the time, but we’re not just focusing on them, we’re focusing on everyone who can go in and out of this residence.” said James Fry, who also clarified that these two individuals were actively involved in the investigators’ work.
The identity of the person who alerted emergency services Sunday afternoon has not been publicly released.