The father of a victim of the massacre in Moscow, Idaho, offered a possible explanation for how the killer of four University of Idaho students gained access to their residence.
Xana Kernodle’s father Jeffrey told how someone familiar with the residence got inside after they were asleep.
“The door locks with a number code,” Kernodle explained in an Arizona Family report, referring to the front entrance of 1122 King Road. “Every time you go, you have to go around the house because of the number code so they either knew that or went around and maybe found the slider door open.”
University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were stabbed to death November 13 with a knife, according to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt.
Mabbutt said it appears the victims were asleep when the killer struck. At least one victim may have awakened enough to fight back based on defensive wounds noted during autopsy. Each victim was stabbed more than once, she said, saying the attack seemed personal. Mabbutt added that autopsies conducted by the Spokane County Coroner’s office found no evidence of sexual assault.
Police investigators confirm the two surviving female roommates are not considered suspects, according to an Inside Edition report. The report noted they believed the sounds they heard were partying by their friends and they locked their bedroom doors before going to sleep.
Authorities offered a more detailed timeline of the evening before their deaths in a Friday statement.
Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at a local bar called The Corner Club at 202 N. Main Street in downtown Moscow between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. November 13, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said at a press conference. Around 1:40 a.m., Mogen and Goncalves were at a local food vendor called the “Grub Truck” at 318 S. Main Street. Their presence was confirmed by video footage secured by law enforcement.
They were driven to their 1122 King Road residence at 1:45 by a private party, according to police who updated their earlier information that said an Uber driver brought them home.
Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were spotted at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho Campus, at 735 Nez Perce Drive, near their apartment. At approximately 1:45 a.m., Chapin and Kernodle returned to their King Road apartment, according to police.
Moscow police officers responded to the King Road apartment after a 911 dispatcher received a report of an unconscious person around noon on November 13. Mogen, Goncalves, Chapin and Kernodle were discovered dead in the residence, police said.
The identity of the 911 caller has not been released, according to police.
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