University of Idaho: Police identify 4 students found dead outside campus


Four University of Idaho students who were found dead Sunday night in a house near campus have been identified, the Moscow City Police Department said Monday.

The students killed were Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

Moscow police said they were investigating the death as a homicide, but did not provide any other information about what happened. As of noon Monday, no suspect was in custody. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police.

“The Moscow Police Department and the city of Moscow are deeply saddened for these individuals’ families, fellow students and friends, and our community during this time,” the police department said. “Our sincere sympathies go out to everyone affected by this incident.”

Moscow Mayor Art Bethge called the students’ deaths “senseless acts of violence.”

“This tragedy serves as a sobering reminder that senseless acts of violence can happen anywhere, anytime, and we are not immune from such events here in our community,” the mayor said. “Today we mourn those who were lost and those they leave behind. Let’s come together to support each other and be there for each other as we grieve as a community.”

Police indicated there was “no ongoing threat,” the university tweeted Sunday without details.

Officers responded to a call about an unconscious man shortly before noon on Sunday and found the four bodies, the Moscow Police Department said in a news release.

“It is with deep sadness that I share with you that the university was notified today of the deaths of four University of Idaho students living off campus who are believed to be victims of homicide,” university president Scott Green said in a statement to the community on the campus.

The slain students were also involved on campus, according to the university. Chapin was a freshman majoring in recreation, sports and tourism management who was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. CNN contacted Sigma Chi.

Kernodle was a junior marketing major and was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the university said. CNN contacted Phi Beta Phi.

Mogen was a senior marketing specialist and Goncalves is a senior majoring in general studies, according to the university.

Counseling will be provided on campus for students and staff through Tuesday, the school said.

The tragic discovery comes as another US college – the University of Virginia in Charlottesville – is reeling after three students were fatally shot on Sunday. The alleged shooter, identified as a UVA student, was taken into custody Monday morning after an hours-long manhunt.

At the University of Idaho, in-person and online classes are canceled on Monday and resume on Tuesday.

“We are grateful for the support of the community and the continued efforts of the police department. The university is committed to supporting students and families at this difficult time,” Green said.

CNN has reached out to the university and the police department for more details.


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