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Arrest Made in Quadruple Homicide of University of Idaho Students

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On Nov. 12, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were seen at a party at Chapin’s fraternity, Sigma Chi. Later that night, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were seen ordering from a nearby food truck. The next morning, the four were found dead in an apartment house on King Road.

Moscow police have made an arrest in the quadruple homicide of four University of Idaho students. Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, a resident of Pullman, Washington, and a doctoral student at Washington State University, was apprehended on Dec. 30. The victims, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen, were discovered dead in an apartment house on King Road on Nov. 13.

Police began to focus on Kohberger after DNA evidence and surveillance footage of a white Hyundai Elantra linked him to the crime. He was tracked by an FBI surveillance team for four days before his arrest. Preliminary autopsy results showed that the four victims had died from multiple stab wounds after 2 a.m.

At a vigil held in the victims’ honor, family members of the deceased said they were struggling to accept why the lives of “four beautiful people” were taken so brutally.

Kohberger has been arraigned and is being held without bail. His defense attorney said Kohberger is “shocked a little bit” and eager to be exonerated of these charges.

Moscow police have asked for patience from the families and the public, saying they do not want to jeopardize the case. The probable cause affidavit is sealed until Kohberger is physically in Latah County, Idaho, and has been served with the Idaho arrest warrant.

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