Police found the bodies while responding to a call about an unconscious person in a house on the University of Idaho campus. There are still no details about the investigation or the cause of deaths
University of Idaho students found dead
Police are investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students found Sunday in a home near campus.
Moscow City Police officers discovered the bodies when responding to a call about an unconscious person before noon yesterday, according to a city statement.
The mayor of the small town where the four students were found dead said the “senseless” event is a reminder that acts of violence can happen anywhere.
The Department of Police have released few details about the deaths, which have been labeled “homicides.”
The victims were identified as Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old from Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Ariz.; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.
In a press release Monday, Mayor Art Bettge said only could share limited information without jeopardizing the police investigation.
“This tragedy serves as a sobering reminder that senseless acts of violence can occur anywhere, at any time, and we are not immune to such events here in our community,” Bettge wrote. “Today we grieve for those who were lost and for those left behind.”
Police do not believe there is an “active threat” to the community, the University of Idaho wrote in a news release. The university brought in additional security staff to assist with the school's “Safe Walks” program, which allows students and staff to sign up to have a security guard accompany them on campus walks.
Authorities have released few details about the investigation or the cause of deaths.
“Details are limited in this investigation. Currently, no one is in custody,” the police department wrote in a news release. “Moscow Police do not believe there is an ongoing community risk based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation.”
The home where they were found (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
Police said anyone Anyone with information should contact the department and asked that the privacy of the victims' family and friends be respected.
Brian Nickerson, fire chief with the Moscow Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, said police were the first to arrive at the home. First responders from the fire department and EMS did not enter or remove anyone from the scene, Nickerson said.
“It is with profound sadness that I share with you that today the university was notified of the deaths of four University of Idaho students living off campus who are believed to be victims of homicide,” said the University of Idaho president. , Scott Green, in a statement posted to Facebook late Sunday. “Out of respect for these fellow students, statewide and online classes are canceled on Monday, November 14.”
The university said counselors would be available to 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 their classmates or coworkers.
“An event of this magnitude can understandably have a significant impact on those left behind,” Green wrote. “We must come together and help each other.”
Shortly after the bodies were found, the university advised the students to shelter-in-place for about an hour until investigators determined there was no active threat to others in the region.
The Police Department said the investigation was ongoing and asked people with information to call the department.
The city of Moscow is a close-knit university town located in the foothills of north-central Idaho, about 80 miles southeast of Spokane, Washington.
The university said Chapin was a freshman and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and Kernodle was a junior marketing major and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Mogen was a senior also majoring in marketing, and Goncalves was a senior majoring in general studies, the university said.
(With information from AP)