The silent massacre that affects Idaho without leaving suspicion

A little over a month ago, the city of Moscow in Idaho, USAwas the seat of one of the crimes disturbing in recent decades: a slaughter which ended with the deaths of four students from the University of Idahowho lived in a casajust one block from campus.

That has not only caught the attention of the public because seven years ago there was no homicide in the sector, but also, because until now the police has failed to apprehend any suspects. Meanwhile, many of the institution’s students flee the territory to their homelands, faced with the fear that he or the assassins They may be camouflaging with each other.

House of the students in Idaho. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters.

This attack that ended the lives of Kaylee Goncalves (21), Madison Mogen (21), Xana Kernodle (20) and Ethan Chapin (20), the latter’s boyfriend, is still surrounded by a series of mysteries, which are becoming more complex as the authorities advance in their investigations.

Everything was going normally in the house number 1122 King Street, in the city of Moscow. In that gray residence of three stories and 213 square meters, lived a group of friends who attended the University of Idaho.

Two of them, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, were sleeping in their respective rooms on the first floor; Xana Kernodle occupied the second of hers and was regularly accompanied by her boyfriend Ethan Chapin during the nights; the third was used by Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, inseparable companions who had a strong friendship since their childhood.

Three of them and the young man were found dead on Sunday, November 13, after receiving numerous stab wounds around the body, while only two survived.

But before the facts became known and the police found the bloody corpses, a series of events occurred that have complicated the investigations and have led the inhabitants of the city to outline various theories about who or who could be the perpetrators of the crime. crime.

That weekend, each one made their own plans. According to information gathered by infobae, Dylan and Bethany went to different places to party and arrived at the house individually at dawn on Sunday the 13th, around 1:00. A short time later, at 1:45, the couple Xana and Ethan came to sleep, who were at another social event. For their part, Kaylee and Madison arrived at 1:56 after leaving a bar in downtown Moscow, so they were the last to enter the house.

Dylan, Madison on the shoulders of Kaylee, Ethan, Xana, and Bethany. Photo: Instagram.

The security cameras reviewed by the police showed that when the last two left the premises, they went with other friends to a food truck, in order to eat pasta before leaving. After being there, they met a subject with whom Madison had an argument. Audio records later revealed that when her friend asked her what she had said to “Adam”, she replied that she told her “everything”.

Although that event could be related to the murder, it is still not known for sure who Adam is or how he met him, although it is estimated that he could have been an alleged stalker who would have approached Kaylee previously. In fact, it is speculated that this would be the reason why the two of them were always together, in order to protect themselves against any eventuality. But unfortunately, that was not enough at dawn on Sunday the 13th.

During the morning of that day, Dylan and Bethany, along with other friends who had called, contacted the police to say that one of their classmates had “passed out” in the house. But when the agents arrived at the scene, the reality was very different: the walls were stained with the blood of Xana and Ethan on the second floor, while the scene with Kaylee and Madison was repeated on the third.

Along with this, numerous neighbors and university students peeked out from the garden to see what was happening, since they presumed that it was not a simple fainting.

To date, it is publicly unknown why the only two survivors said that to the police, while the fact that no one has confirmed seeing or hearing the attacks also draws the attention of authorities and the community.

In fact, Dylan and Bethany said they didn’t realize what happened because they were sleeping, while expert reports showed that the victims had signs of apparently having struggled to survive before being stabbed: Kaylee and Madison in bed in the latter’s room, and Xana and Ethan in the young woman’s room.

Ethan and Xana (on the left) and Madison and Kaylee (on the right). Photos: Instagram.

What was recorded according to Infobae, was that between 2:26 and 2:52, Kaylee called her ex-boyfriend Jack DuCouer seven times in a row and that Madison also did so three more times. Of those nine occasions, he did not answer any, since he claimed to have been asleep.

At the same time, it is speculated that the murderer(s) entered the house through the kitchen door on the second floor, although the police have not issued statements with further details in this regard, a factor that generates even more concern in the city of Moscow. .

House of the students in Idaho. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters.

The presence of a white car was also evidenced, a mysterious Hyundai Elantra sedan manufactured between 2011 and 2013, which suspiciously traveled through the sector during that early morning, with more than one person inside. But so far, its whereabouts and who it belongs to are not known either.

Likewise, the theory stands out that Kaylee’s unknown stalker may be related to the events of Sunday, November 13, although no concrete evidence has been found to link him to the crime scene.

Faced with these unknowns, the inconsistencies between the accounts and the fact that they have not yet arrested on suspicion or traces of the weapon or weapons used, the Idaho state authorities added 20 investigators, 15 police officers and other experts to join to the 4 detectives and 24 city agents. Likewise, the FBI adhered to 22 investigators, 20 agents and two specialists in criminal conduct, who are fully dedicated to analyzing the case to find the perpetrators of the crime.

For their part, the students of the university have organized themselves through social networks to create a space dedicated to receiving possible leads for investigation. According to Infobae, only until December 5 they received more than 2,640 emails, in addition to 2,770 phone calls.

Students from the University of Idaho. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters.

And despite the fact that at first the departmental head of the area, James Fry, assured that these incidents did not represent “an imminent threat to the community”, he later had to retract it at a press conference, in which he emphasized that “it was not We can affirm that there are no risks”.

Today, more than a month after the attack, the nearly 26,000 inhabitants of Moscow continue to be concerned about the lack of certainty about the massacre. Of that number, approximately 11,000 are students arriving to study at the university, but many of them are returning to their hometowns to feel safe, while others have chosen to carry weapons for protection.

I remember the deceased. Photo: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters.

The nightlife has also changed, bars, restaurants and shops close earlier and everyone lives under the suspicion that the attacker(s) could be hiding among them, pretending to live a nightmare due to the deaths of young people in order to go unnoticed.

The funerals of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin will be this December 30, while the police continue in the middle of an investigation that continues to raise doubts, without further conclusions.

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