After the fatal stabbing of four University of Idaho students in Moscow, Idaho, police chief James Fry said that two other roommates were in the home at the time of the killings and were neither injured nor held hostage.
After this new information came to light, the authorities said that they cannot assure that the community is safe. “We cannot say there’s no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times,” Fry said.
Fry also said before the four were killed, two of the victims – Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle – were at a party on campus. The other two victims – Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves – were at a downtown bar. All four of them arrived back home after noon. They were killed “sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13,” Fry said.
However, 911 calls regarding the incident were made only at noon on Sunday. The police also failed to mention who dialed the emergency hotline and whether they were among the people present at home when the killing took place and when officers responded. It is also not clear if they have spoken to the police.
“We’re not going to go any further into what they know and what they don’t know,” he said. The 911 call was made regarding an unconscious person, and not a stab wound victim.
The murder weapon has not been located so far. According to Fry, there was also no evidence of forced entry. All four victims were killed with a single knife.
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In a previous press release the Moscow Police Department there was no threat to the public. There was evidence to suggest that this was a “targeted attack.”
University of Idaho President Scott Green offered condolences in a statement Monday.
“Moscow police do not believe there is an ongoing community risk based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, however, we ask our employees to be empathetic, flexible and to work with our students who desire to return home to spend time with their families,” he said. “We do not know the investigation timeline, but we will continue to communicate to campus as we learn more.”