MOSCOW, Idaho – The house where four University of Idaho students were killed on November 13, located off campus near the university’s Greek Row houses, was rented to the victims and their roommates on June 5, according to the supervisor. Idaho Team Property Management Manager, Merida McClanahan.
Victims Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogel, 21; and Kaylee Goncalvez, 21, were stabbed to death around 3 or 4 a.m. Nov. 13 after they returned home that night around 1:45 a.m., according to investigators.
Two additional roommates inside the home the night of the slayings were unharmed in the attack that police are calling an “isolated and targeted” incident.
The residence hall is a three-story, six-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family home that is frequently rented by students in the area, McClanahan told Fox News Digital.
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There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on each floor. Upon entering the door on the first floor, visitors are immediately confronted with a bathroom and oven, and there are two bedrooms to the right and left of the entrance.
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Stairs lead to the second floor, where there are two more bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. There is also a sliding glass door attached to the kitchen, which is accessed from the ground as the house was built on a hill in the backyard.
More stars lead to the third floor, where there are two more bedrooms, a bathroom, and a hallway. McClanahan explained that there is about 20 feet of space between each bedroom. There is a third door attached to the third bedroom that leads to a balcony and can only be accessed through the third bedroom.
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The property manager said she has frequently made unannounced visits to the property of student tenants at company properties near campus, and sometimes they don’t hear her enter when they wear headphones while studying in their rooms.
The head of the Moscow Police Department, James Fry, said during a press conference on Wednesday that there were no signs of forced entry in the house when they initially responded to reports of an unconscious person at 11:58 a.m. on November 13. and found the four students dead upon arrival. .
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Jeffrey Kernodle, Xana Kernodle’s father, told 3 TV/CBS 5 that the house had a number code lock on the front door.
“Every time you go you have to go around the house because of the number code, so they either knew or they went around and maybe they found the sliding door open,” Kernodle told the outlet.
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Neighbors said they heard some noise in the house on the night of the murders, but it was not unusual to hear noise in the residence because the street is known for hosting student parties.
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A lots of students left campus early before the Thanksgiving holiday after the tragedy.
Authorities urge anyone with information about the killings or the whereabouts of the victims the night before the attack to contact Moscow police at 208-883-7054.