Idaho lawmaker warns university faces ‘snowballing disaster’ if murder of 4 students isn’t solved

Author: Yuvi December 7, 2022


A state lawmaker has warned that the University of Idaho could face a ‘snowballing disaster’ if the murder of four students isn’t solved.

Idaho House Minority Leader, Ilana Rubel, 50, revealed the state has already given $1million for the investigation into the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.

With the murders going unsolved for nearly a month now, Rubel worries the school could face ‘collapsing enrollment’ and a wave of students transferring schools.

‘It’s going to be a snowballing disaster if they don’t get to the bottom of it,’ Rubel told KHQ. ‘My daughter’s best friend is there. I know folks who don’t want to go back.

‘Nobody wants to send their kids to a community where they could face this kind of horror. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, it’s every student’s worst nightmare. They have got to find the perpetrator.

The Democratic lawmaker’s comments come after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed one student’s parent gave her a pistol for protection and others are barricading their front doors with chairs at night.

I just spoke with Idaho House Minority Leader @IlanaRubel- she says she stands with the governor’s commitment to fund the investigation into the murders at the University of Idaho. Saying if it does not get resolved, soon, it could be detrimental for the University. #VandalStrong pic.twitter.com/UaD1eMjFLL

— Bradley Warren (@bradmwarren) December 6, 2022

Idaho House Minority Leader, Ilana Rubel, 50, revealed the state has already given $1 million toward the University of Idaho student murder investigation and has no issue providing more. “If that’s what it takes,” she told the outlet. ‘I fear the likelihood of the University of Idaho and the safety of everybody in that community is on the line’

She also fears that if the case is not resolved, the university could have 'collapsing enrolment' and students will transfer.  'It's going to be a snowballing disaster if they don't get to the bottom of it,' Rubel said.  Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 were killed on November 13.

She also fears that if the case is not resolved, the university could have ‘collapsing enrolment’ and students will transfer. ‘It’s going to be a snowballing disaster if they don’t get to the bottom of it,’ Rubel said. Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 were killed on November 13.

Rubel also said the $1 million already invested by the state into the murder investigation was a “bargain” and she would “support investing more than that.”

“If that’s what it takes,” she told the outlet. ‘I fear the likelihood of the University of Idaho and the safety of everybody in that community is on the line.

‘We’ve got to get to the bottom of that case.’

Moscow police say they have received over 2,600 email tips, more than 2,700 phone calls, over 1,084 digital media submissions to the FBI link, 113 pieces of physical evidence, and have taken 4,000 crime scene photographs with multiple three-dimensional scans of the residence.

Kaylee Goncalves’ family revealed that her injuries were more extensive than those suffered by Xana, her boyfriend Ethan, or even Maddie, who was in bed with her when they were murdered on November 13.

The fact that her injuries were ‘significantly more brutal’ than the other victims is driving theories she was the target of the quadruple homicide.

Police have denied they told Mr. Goncalves this information.

But on Monday, the Moscow Police Department said it is probing the movements of Ethan and Xana, who visited Ethan’s fraternity house hours before the murders.

The Democratic lawmaker's comments come after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed one student's parent gave her a pistol for protection and others are barricading their front doors with chairs at night (pictured: University of Idaho students)

The Democratic lawmaker’s comments come after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed one student’s parent gave her a pistol for protection and others are barricading their front doors with chairs at night (pictured: University of Idaho students)

Students currently can also take classes remotely if they want to choose to

Students currently can also take classes remotely if they want to choose to

Police believe Ethan and Xana visited the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus from about 9pm on November 12 until around 1.45am, when they returned to Xana’s off-campus home just a brief walk away.

‘That actually seems to be one of the larger areas that we don’t have a lot of information in,’ Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell told Good Morning America.

‘So being able to locate what they did that night, to maybe who they contacted, maybe any routes they took home, that would be important to the investigation,’ he added.

Reed Ofsthun, president of the Sigma Chi chapter at the University of Idaho, told reporters on Tuesday that the fraternity is cooperating fully with police regarding the November 13 murders.

Ofsthun confirmed he had known Xana as a friend, and that Ethan was a member of the frat. He said there were no cameras in the Sigma Chi house that might aid the investigation.

Kaylee’s family is growing increasingly frustrated with the bungled police investigation into their daughter’s murder, which has so far produced no new leads.

Now, they are turning to private investigators to help them find answers.

Kaylee’s father Steven told the New York Post he was horrified to learn that some of the detectives on the murder unit within the Moscow Police Department were in their mid-twenties.

‘They’re just inexperienced — and I don’t want anyone making mistakes in my child’s case,’ Steven said.

Police are now looking into Xana and Ethan's final movement, where they were suspected to have been at Ethan's frat house until nearly 2am

Police are now looking into Xana and Ethan’s final movement, where they were suspected to have been at Ethan’s frat house until nearly 2am

Kaylee's family are growing increasingly frustrated with the bungled police investigation into their daughter's murder, which has so far produced no new leads (pictured LR: Madison and Kaylee)

Kaylee’s family are growing increasingly frustrated with the bungled police investigation into their daughter’s murder, which has so far produced no new leads (pictured LR: Madison and Kaylee)

Steven fumed that detectives are allowing the case to go ‘cold’ and that while they may not appreciate his continued interaction with the media, it’s necessary to find his daughter’s killer.

Cops have said some of the victims had defensive wounds, but it remains unclear who or how many. Goncalves said on Saturday that Kaylee and Madison appeared to have died in different ways.

‘I’ll cut to the chase – their means of death don’t match,’ Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, told Lawrence Jones Cross Country. He has said that Kaylee and Mogen were sleeping in the same bed when the attack occurred.

‘Their points of damage don’t match,’ he added. ‘I’m just going to say it. It wasn’t leaked to me. I earned that. I paid for that funeral. I sent my daughter to college. She came back in a box, and I can speak on that.

On Wednesday night, detectives revealed they were not sure if the slain University of Idaho students were targeted by the killer, contradicting Chief James Fry who previously insisted they were.

The four murdered students were found on the second and third floors

The four murdered students were found on the second and third floors

‘We believe they’re targeted because we take a totality of all the circumstances we’re looking at,’ Fry had told reporters on November 20, a week after the murders.

The statement was recently echoed by Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson.

But the department filed a correction, stating: ‘Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate.’

Nearly three weeks after the grizzly murders, few answers have come out despite the father of one of the victims stating that the killer was ‘sloppy’ and left a ‘mess’ of evidence behind.

Author: Yuvi

My name is Yuvi, I work as Sub Editor at newscinema.in

7 December, 2022, 5:30 am

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