Idaho Police Call For Calm After 4 Murders Despite No Suspects In Detention | CNN

CNN — Police in Moscow, Idaho, tried to calm growing community concerns about the killing of four University of Idaho students on Wednesday. “We hear you and understand your fears,” the Moscow Police Department said in a press release. “We want you to know that we, like you, have been devastated and afflicted by these young lives needlessly cut short. “We determined early in our investigation that we did not believe there was a persistent threat to community members. Evidence indicates that this was a targeted attack.” The evidence was not made available to the public, and police said they shared everything they could without interfering with the investigation. Police also said a press conference was scheduled for the afternoon on Wednesday, hoping to get more information. The statement came days after four college students were found dead in their suburban residence. No weapons were found, but police said preliminary information led them to believe that a “bladed weapon” such as a knife was used in the quadruple murder. Murder and lack of intelligence rank Moscow, a 25,000-strong city nestled on the Idaho-Washington border. According to state police data, the college town has not recorded a homicide since 2015. Latah County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Mikolajczyk told the Idaho Statesman that residents were nervous and “getting out of Dodge.” The father of one of the victims released a statement on Wednesday urging police to release more information about the murder. Ethan Chapin’s father, Jim Chapin, said in a statement, “The lack of information from the University of Idaho and local police only fuels false rumors and innuendos in the press and social media.” “Silence adds to the pain of our family after the murder of our son. For Ethan, his three dear friends, and all of our families who were killed in Moscow, Idaho, I call on officials to tell the truth, share what they know, find the perpetrators, and protect the greater community. ” Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho, issued a statement Monday expressing condolences and respecting the police’s belief that they pose no threat to the public. “Based on the information collected during the preliminary investigation, Moscow Police do not believe there is a community risk going on, but we ask our staff to work with students who are empathetic and flexible and want to return home to spend time with their families. “We do not know the timeline of the investigation, but we will continue to communicate with the campus as we get more information.” CNN has reached out to the university for comment and information about the case. What little the public knows is that Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told CNN affiliate KXLY what she saw at the gruesome crime scene: “It was pretty shocking to find the apartment with quite a bit of blood and four dead college students in the residence.” Mabbutt said an upcoming autopsy could provide more information about what happened. “There may be evidence about the suspect that can be obtained during the autopsy,” Mabbutt said. The University of Idaho identified the victim as: Ethan Chapin, 20, Conway, Washington, freshman majoring in recreation, sports and tourism management, and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, 20 years old, Avondale, Arizona, senior year marketing major, Pi Beta Phi sorority member, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, senior year marketing major, Pi Beta Phi sorority member, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. , a senior in Rathdrum, Idaho, majoring in general studies and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority Hours before their deaths, Goncalves posted a photo of the four with the caption, “One lucky person surrounded by these people every day.” Added a heart emoji. Chapin is one of a set of triplets who are all enrolled at the University of Idaho, the family said in a statement. We were friends,” said his mother, Stacy Chapin. “Words cannot express the heartache and devastation our family is experiencing. It broke our heart that we would never hug or laugh with Ethan again, but he was taken away from us. My heart swells when I think of the horrific ways.” Kaylee’s sister, Alivea Goncalves, sent a statement to the Idaho Stateman on behalf of her family and Mogen: “They were smart, they were vigilant, they were careful, and all of this still happened,” she said. No detention means no one is safe Yes we are all heartbroken Yes we are all figuring it out But stronger than these feelings is anger We are angry We must be angry ” Xana’s older sister, Jazzmin Kernodle, described her as “positive, fun and loved by everyone she met.” was loved by so many and had best friends around her. You rarely meet someone like Xana,” she said. “She was so light-hearted and always lifted the room. She boasted of me. “I made her a lovely older sister, and it would have been nice if I could have spent more time with her. She has so many days left to live. My family and I are at a loss for words, confused and anxiously awaiting news of the investigation.” She also offered condolences to the other victims and their families: “My sister is so lucky to have them in her life.” The long-running festival of artworks has been canceled “in honor of the victims of the tragedy and those who pay their respects from Vandal and the Moscow community.”

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