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A University of Idaho student says there must be justice for the person who killed four students early Sunday morning.

Four students who attended the University of Idaho, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed between 3 and 4 a.m. Sunday inside a home on King Street in Moscow, Idaho, according to Moscow Mayor Art Bettge.

Police found the four students while responding to an unconscious call at 11:58 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy report by Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt released Thursday states that the students were pronounced dead at noon, with the manner of death being a stabbing. Mabbutt said the cause of death is murder.

He previously said that the same knife was probably used to kill all the students. In a press release on Tuesday, the Moscow Police Department said the incident was an “isolated and targeted attack” with “no imminent threat to the wider community.”

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A split photo showing the crime scene and victims, including University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Angela Palermo/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

University of Idaho student Alaina Tempelis also 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,” Tempelis said.

At Wednesday’s press conference, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said a continued threat to the community could not be ruled out.

“We do not have a suspect at this time and we cannot say that there is not a threat to the community,” Fry said. “There’s a threat out there, possibly.”

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Four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, November 13, 2022. Police are investigating the deaths as a crime.

Four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, November 13, 2022. Police are investigating the deaths as a crime.
(Angela Palermo/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“We have to watch out. We have to watch out for our neighbors,” Fry said.

Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho, said in a statement Thursday that he recommends “increased vigilance” and noted that people will see “a heightened security presence over the weekend.” He added that the “Moscow Police Department maintains that this appears to be a targeted attack.”

“This is an intentional increase in response to your concerns and not a reflection of any new information or heightened threat communicated by MPD,” Green said.

A small memorial is seen at the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. The murder victims, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle, worked here as waitresses for a couple of years.  The sign on the door says closed due to loss.

A small memorial is seen at the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. The murder victims, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle, worked here as waitresses for a couple of years. The sign on the door says closed due to loss.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Fry said during the news conference that two roommates were inside the house early Sunday morning when the four students were killed.

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The two roommates were “uninjured,” according to Fry, who did not add whether the people witnessed the attack.

As of Wednesday night, there were no suspects or persons of interest.

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson told NBC News Thursday that there may be more than one suspect.

“It’s certainly possible. That’s the purpose of the investigation, which is why we’re really looking forward to any input from the public that can help investigators recreate everyone’s activities from Saturday night through early Sunday morning and hopefully to give them the clues, the information, to identify who did this,” Thompson said.

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Mogen and Goncalves were seen on a Twitch stream at a local food truck in Moscow, Idahoshortly before they were murdered at the residence on King Road, near the University of Idaho campus.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Moscow police at 208-883-7054.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin and Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.

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