University of Idaho students will have the option to learn remotely or on campus after November 13th murder of four students close to campus, President Scott Green said in a Thursday video posted to Facebook.
Green had discussed the possibility of a hybrid learning option last week, and the video posted on the school’s Facebook page on Thanksgiving solidified the plan for students, as authorities have yet to announce any suspects in brutal stabbing by students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
“We’ve heard from students with different needs,” Green said in the video. “Some are not comfortable being back in Moscow until a suspect is in custody. Others ask for in-person classes and the structure that life on campus brings. To meet the needs of all our students, we have asked our faculty to work with each students to complete the semester either in person or externally.”
The school structure will resemble Zoom classes, recorded lectures, or other forms of hybrid learning that teachers established during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin have shaken our community to its core and brought fear and devastating pain to our Vandal family,” the university president said. “We’re sad. We’re angry. We’re struggling to make sense of it.”
The school is hosting a vigil for the students on November 30, where some students will be back on campus after Thanksgiving break.
The four students, aged between 20 and 21, were stabbed several times while they slept in theirs Moscow, Idaho, home near campus in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after spending the night with friends. They each had multiple stab wounds and some had defensive wounds, according to the Latah County Coroner and Moscow Police (MPD).
MPD officers arrived at the scene later on Nov. 13 while responding to a 911 call about an unconscious person that was made at 1 p.m. 11:58. The caller thought one of the victims had passed out and wouldn’t wake up, according to police.
Since the murders, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officials have been assigned to the case to help MPD identify and find the killer, as well as the killer’s motive. Officials are also still looking for the murder weapon, which they believe is a knife. They have received and analyzed more than 1,000 tips in connection with the case.
“Even with these additional resources, it is unclear how long this investigation will take. It is deeply frustrating for all of us who are waiting for this criminal to be apprehended,” Green said in his Thursday video.
Authorities are also investigating victim Kaylee Goncalves’ comments about having a stalker.
“Kaylee mentioned having a stalker, but detectives have not been able to confirm the statement,” MPD said in a statement Wednesday. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker or unusual cases to contact the tip line.”
Police are asking anyone with information or footage related to the killings to call 208-883-7180 or email@example.com.