The father of murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves said Saturday there were differences in how the four died.
“I sent my daughter to college and she came home in a box,” exclaimed anguished father Steven Goncalves to Lawrence Jones. His remark was made during an interview that aired on the Fox News program “Lawrence Jones Cross Country,” broadcast Saturday. Jones pointed out that police still have not identified a suspect in the November 13 stabbing deaths of four college students in Moscow, Idaho.
The program host stated sources revealed there were differences in the way some victims were killed; some were more severe than others. Jones asked Ms. Goncalves’ parents if they could speak to that.
“Their means of death don’t match,” Mr. Goncalves declared. “Their points of damage don’t match. It wasn’t leaked to me. I earned that. I paid for that funeral.”
Goncalves expressed frustration with the investigation into the stabbing deaths of his daughter and her three friends. Goncalves stressed he supports law enforcement and believes the lead detective is working as hard as he can to solve the case. The distraught father said a layer of people, probably lawyers, has been inserted between victim families and police officers.
“It seems like they’re trying to suppress the story,” the father fumed. “We want to post rewards and they’re like, ‘Don’t do that’!”
He continued with remarks that he understands the town and university don’t want to see reward flyers posted all over town. Local officials probably believe the constant reminder of the four murdered students would hurt enrollment and delay community healing.
“The community won’t heal until this guy is caught,” Steven Goncalves opined.
Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at a local bar, Corner Club, in downtown Moscow between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. November 13, police Chief James Fry conveyed in a statement.
They were captured on video at a local food vendor called the “Grub Truck” around 1:40 a.m. before getting a ride from a private party to their 1122 King Road residence around 1:56 a.m.
Investigators determined that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house, which is a stone’s throw away from their King Road apartment. They are believed to have returned home around 1:45 a.m.
“Detectives believe that on November 12th, the two surviving roommates had also been out in the Moscow community, separately, but returned home by 1 a.m. on November 13th,” the chief added. “The two did not wake up until later that morning.”
After getting a 911 call at 11:58 a.m. November 13 from a surviving roommate’s cell phone, police arrived at crime scene.
“Officers entered the residence and found two victims on the second floor and two victims on the third floor,” Fry said.
Autopsies were conducted on November 17 by the Spokane County Coroner’s Office, which shared results with Latah County. The Latah County coroner confirmed the identity of the four murdered individuals and their cause and manner of death as homicide by stabbing.
The coroner stated the four victims were likely asleep; some had defensive wounds, and each was stabbed multiple times.
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