Idaho Murders Concern Students

Noemi Ramirez, Staff Reporter


Saturday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho four college students Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20 were murdered between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. The students were found on the second and third floors of their off-campus homes.


After an autopsy conducted by The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Officer, it was determined by officials that the cause of their deaths was the result of multiple stab wounds coming from a fixed blade sometimes known as a sheath knife and according to the records that have been unsealed to the public on Jan. 5, 2023, the knife was found in the room with Mogen and Goncalves.


DNA was found on the knife and was run through the FBI criminals database only nothing was found but then the DNA was entered in a family database and found a relative matching the DNA, the relative was notified and found a matching to the description surviving roommate Dylan Mortensen gave to Moscow police, an arrest was made on Dec. 30, 2022, and Brian Kohberger was charged with first-degree murder and burglary.


Speaking to students on the LEE high school campus, Preshus Canales 11, believed that students everywhere, post too much of their daily lives on social media and they believed Kohberger was stalking these students “He had to have known where to go into the house, obviously he knew when they got home and where they slept.” Says Canales. She asks students on campus to be mindful of what they post, mindful of location tags and mindful of the people who are allowed to view any of their personal social media platforms and, be mindful of ‘online friends’. 


“Nowadays everyone wants to be famous, there is no privacy with the daily vlogs, the clothing hauls, the apartment tours, and makeup routines. I’ve never met someone who at some point in their lives did not have Instagram or tik-tok, there’s always something keeping us all connected, but you just have to be careful.” Canales 11, says.

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