Kim Kenely contacted the bureau after she learned that her former classmate had been detained for allegedly killing four housemates at a university just 15 minutes from where he was studying in November.
Kohberger, 28, is accused of killing Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, and students Ethan Chapin and his partner Xana Kernodle, both 21, in an off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho on November 13.
Who is Kim Kenely?
Kim Kenely is 27 years old. Currently, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she works as an occupational therapist at an assisted living facility.
When Kohberger was in sixth grade at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, he had feelings for the girl who later became a high school cheerleader, he started romantically courting her. “She told the FBI whatever she could tell them,” Kenely’s mother Sandra said according to DailyMail.
“It was so long ago. I couldn’t imagine what she had to tell the FBI. I guess it was for the character purpose,” she added.
Kohberger, then a chubby, awkward misfit, would become relentless in his pursuit, repeatedly leaving love letters in her locker and telling her he liked her, said Sandra, reported DailyMail.
He would always say, “Oh Kim, I think you’re very pretty.” Just like weird comments. And she’d say “Oh my God, leave me alone.”
“When kids are little, they’re mean. They don’t say, oh my god, thank you, but no,” she added.
Eventually, Kenely would tell Kohberger to buzz off, breaking his heart. At the time she lived in Sciota, in rural eastern Pennsylvania, 90 miles north of Philadelphia and a 30-minute drive from Kohberger’s home in Albrightsville.