Police are investigating the deaths of 4 University of Idaho students. Here’s what we know


Four college students were found dead in a house near the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, sparking a homicide investigation and sending shockwaves through about 11,500 students.

Classes were canceled Monday as officials worked to uncover what happened at the Moscow city home and university leaders set up counseling services.

“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought into this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel as they pass through these tragic circumstances,” University of Idaho President Scott Green said Monday.

Police have not said how the four students died, but university officials said in one the tweet there is no “constant threat”.

Here’s what we know about the victims and the investigation:

Officials identified the dead students as:

  • Ethan Chapin, 20, Conway, Washington. He was a freshman majoring in recreation, sports and tourism management and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, according to the university.
  • Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona. He had a degree in marketing and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the university said.
  • Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Mogen was a marketing major and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, the university said.
  • Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho. He majored in general studies and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, according to the university.

Officers responded to a call about an unconscious person just before noon Sunday and found the four bodies, the Moscow Police Department said in a news release.

Police said the deaths are being investigated as homicides, but did not release any other information about the incident. As of Monday, no suspects were in custody. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 208-882-COPS.

“The Moscow Police Department and the City of Moscow are deeply saddened by the families, classmates and friends of these individuals, and our community at this time,” the police department said. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those affected by this incident.”

CNN has reached out to the university and the police department for more details.

Moscow Mayor Art Bettge called the students’ deaths “senseless acts of violence”.

“This tragedy serves as a reminder that acts of senseless violence can happen anywhere and at any time, and that we are not immune from such incidents in our community,” said the mayor. “Today, we mourn for those we lost and those we leave behind. Let’s come together for each other, and let’s be there for each other as we grieve as a community.”

The university established counseling resources for students and staff, Green’s statement said, and school officials are working with students to plan a candlelight vigil later this week.

“Because we are vandals, we come together and support each other in difficult times, relying on our collective strength. Watch out for each other now,” said Green.