MOSCOW, Idaho — The four University of Idaho students who were fatally stabbed last weekend were “probably asleep” when they were attacked, the county coroner said late Friday.
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Each victim was stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds, Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt said in a statement released late Friday by the Moscow, Idaho, police department.
Mabbutt added that the four victims were probably asleep and there was no sign of any sexual assault.
Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, were killed in the early hours of November 13, the Washington Post reported. The three women were roommates, and Chapin and Kernodle were dating, according to the newspaper.
According to The Associated Press, Mabbutt also narrated NewsNation on Thursday that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds from a “rather large knife.”
“It takes someone to be pretty angry to stab four people,” Mabbutt told the news outlet.
The victims were discovered around 11:58 am PST on November 13 in an off-campus home. They were discovered after police responded to a report of an unconscious person at the residence.
According to details from surveillance footage and interviews, Goncalves and Mogen were at the Corner Club, a bar in downtown Moscow, the Post reported. Police said they were at the club from 10pm on November 12 to 1:30am on November 13. According to police, they stopped at a food truck and were driven home.
The couple arrived home at 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, around the same time as Kernodle and Chapin returned to the residence after staying at the on-campus Sigma Chi dorm, the newspaper reported. According to the AP, Kernodle and Chapin were spotted at the sorority house between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m
Two other housemates were also home that night.
According to the statement released by Moscow Police, “Investigators do not believe that the two surviving housemates or the man in the grub truck surveillance video are involved in this crime.”
Authorities have received more than 500 leads and conducted 38 interviews, the Moscow Police Department said in its press release. Officials are asking for more information.
According to an interview with KTVK, Kernodle’s father said his daughter tried to fight off the attacker.
“Bruises, ripped open by the knife. She’s a tough kid,” Jeffrey Kernodle told the Arizona-based broadcaster. “It makes no sense.”
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