Surviving roommates of slain University of Idaho students break their silence


The two surviving roommates who were home when four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in November spoke for the first time.

In a letter read by a pastor at a church vigil on Friday, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke wrote that their friends were “all one of a kind.” CBS News reported.

“They all lit up every room they walked into and were gifts to this world,” one of the housemates said in the letter. “I wish every day I could give them all one last hug and tell them how much I love them.”

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in the early hours of Nov. 13 at the off-campus girls’ house near the University of L ‘Idaho to Moscow. Chapin was not a resident of the house, but he was going out with Kernodle and had spent the night.

“To Xana and Ethan: they were the perfect couple together and had this unstoppable relationship,” Mortensen wrote. She also called Mogen and Goncalves, who were best friends, “the inseparable duo.”

“My life has been greatly impacted by knowing these four beautiful people, by people who have changed my life in so many ways and made me so happy,” Mortensen wrote.

The killings took place around 3 or 4 a.m., the police said. The two surviving housemates were on the first floor of the house when the stabbings took place on the second and third floors. Mortensen and Funke probably slept during the attacks. One of their cell phones was used to call 911 to report an “unconscious” person when they woke up later that morning, the police said. Police ruled out the surviving housemates as suspects.

The killer’s motive and identity are still unknown as the investigation enters its fourth week. The weapon, which would have been a large fixed blade knife, was not found.

The Moscow Police Department asked the neighborhood for surveillance footage it might help the investigation. Several people who were seen with the victims that night were cleared, including a private driver who drove two of them home.

The four University of Idaho students were found dead on November 13.

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Authorities continue to describe the incident as a targeted attack, NBC reported, although Moscow police and the Latah County prosecutor appeared last week to reverse their initial assessment that the victims were targeted. Police say they don’t know if the target was the residence or its occupants.

Steve Goncalves, the father of Kaylee Goncalves, spoke out last week to express frustration at the lack of progress in the investigation, saying her daughter may have had a stalker who made her feel uncomfortable. Alivea Goncalves, Kaylee’s sister, said during a NewsNation interview about the investigation that the family received little information from law enforcement.


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