BREAKING: Four University of Idaho students killed in suspected homicide inside of an off-campus house are identified
- The four University of Idaho students who were found dead in off-campus housing Sunday afternoon have been identified
- They are 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves
- It remains unclear how they died, but Moscow police are considering their deaths a homicide
The four University of Idaho students who were found dead in off-campus housing Sunday have been identified.
According to Moscow police, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves died in an apparent homicide at their off-campus house on King Road.
Mogen and Goncalves’ Facebook profiles show they were members of the Alpha Phi sorority on campus, while Ethan Chapin was in Sigma Chi.
Their deaths came the same day an ex-football player opened fire on three members of the University of Virginia’s football team.
Police in Idaho said they responded to a call of an unconscious person at the home just before noon on Sunday.
When they arrived at the scene, they found all four people dead in a ‘house that was converted into an apartment,’ Police Capt. Tyson Berrett told the Idaho Statesman.
He later announced that all four students were students at the university, which the school also disclosed in a news release.
It remains unclear how the victims died, but local police are considering it a homicide. A suspect is still at large, but is said not to pose a threat to the rest of the school community.
Four Idaho university students were found dead in a home near the campus in what police have called suspected homicides. Pictured: The University of Idaho
The school originally posted an alert on social media at 3.07pm Sunday saying police were investigating a homicide nearby.
The post said the suspect was not known at the time, and school officials advised students to stay away from the area and shelter in place.
By 3.46pm, the school put out a second alert that said police did not believe there was an active threat, and the ‘shelter in place’ advisory was lifted.
Still, school officials warned students to ‘remain vigilant.’
In an ensuing email, university officials told student that all Monday classes would be canceled ‘out of respect for those fellow Vandals,’ referring to the school’s mascot.
The university said counselors would be available for students at the campus counseling center, while employees could access assistance through an employee assistance program.
Green urged people to reach out if they were concerned about classmates or coworkers.
‘An event of this magnitude can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind,’ he wrote. ‘As Vandals, we must come together and lift each other up.’