Community members have expressed their growing frustration with law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating the murders of four University of Idaho students, as many details about their deaths remain unknown at this time.
Five days after the November 13 death of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, police have yet to arrest any suspect(s) or persons of interest, drawing some criticism.
During a vigil at Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Wednesday night, the mother of a friend of one of the deceased students suggested that officials might be doing more.
Angela Navejas, whose daughter Ashlin was best friends with Maddie Mogen, said: “I don’t want to tell you how I feel about the Moscow Police Department right now, because I feel like they could have done a better job.”
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“I pray and hope they find out because it’s ridiculous that they have absolutely nothing,” he added.
Steve Goncalves, the father of the deceased, said in a statement Wednesday that his family “will not rest” until the perpetrator is “punished and held accountable,” according to The Spokesman-Review.
“I want to know that my daughter is safe wherever she is,” Goncalves said. “I don’t want anyone to experience what I, and the rest of my family, is experiencing right now.”
“My family and I will not rest until Kaylee, Maddie, Xana and Ethan get the justice they deserve,” she added.
Aubrie Goncalves, the sister of Kaylee Goncalves, urged students to flee the small college town as the suspect or suspects in the murders remain at large.
“To the University of Idaho students still staying on campus, leave. Your grades are far less important than your lives,” he wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. “No one is in custody and therefore no one is safe.”
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“You are not safe until this sick man is found,” the post continued. “If the person who did this is capable of killing four innocent people, he is capable of killing more. The last thing I want is for another family to experience what I and my family are experiencing now.”
He also called for the person or persons responsible to be jailed “to rot for the rest of their lives.”
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Alaina Tempelis, a student at the University of Idaho, told Fox News Digital that increased vigilance is needed as the suspect has not been arrested, adding that she has been praying for the community.
“I think there must be justice. And I believe there will be justice. That is another reason why I am praying, because I know that God brings justice,” Tempelis said. “And we as students all we can do is pray and hope that comes.”
“And I know there is power and my prayers and everyone’s prayers. So I think things will get better,” she added.
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As of Thursday night, the Moscow Police have no suspects or persons of interest in custody. Authorities said a knife was used and the victims had been stabbed, but no weapons were recovered.
During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the head of the Moscow Police Department, James Fry, said that there was “possibly” still a threat to the Moscow community as no person of interest or suspect(s) had been taken into custody until Wednesday night.
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He added, however, that the attack appeared to be “targeted.”
A series of events has been determined from Saturday night through early Sunday morning, showing the four individuals at separate parties or events before reuniting at the house. There were no visible signs of a break-in and it is not known if an entrance was open.
University of Idaho President Scott Green said the school was fully cooperating with Moscow police “when asked and continually pressed for information whenever possible.”
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“You will see a heightened security presence over the weekend. This is an intentional increase in response to your concerns and not a reflection of any new information or heightened threat communicated by MPD,” he said in a memo Thursday.
Audrey Conklin, Rebecca Rosenberg and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.