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Four University of Idaho students were stabbed and killed; one suspect is in custody.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed on Sunday (Instagram)

Authorities believe a knife or other “edged weapon” was used in the attack on the four University of Idaho students found dead at an off-campus home.

The information was released in a news release by the Moscow Police Department, which also stated that detectives were trying to develop a timeline of the victims’ actions before to their deaths on Sunday. The victims were discovered about noon, according to police, and the killings probably took place in the early morning hours.

Police, who had stated that information from the scene led them to believe there was no greater risk, later stated that the students’ killings were believed to be “an isolated, targeted act and there is no imminent threat to the community at large.” Police made no information available.

Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were two of the students found dead in a suspected homicide ( Image: Instagram)

On November 13, 2022, at 11:58 hours, Moscow Police Department Officers responded to a call on King Road for an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered four individuals who were deceased.

These individuals have been identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Conway, WA; Madison Mogen, 21, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Xana Kernodle, 20, Avondale, AZ ; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, Rathdrum, ID. All four victims were students at the University of Idaho. Please respect the privacy of the victims’ family, friends, and loved ones as the Moscow Police Department investigates this tragic event.

The Moscow Police Department and the City of Moscow is deeply saddened for the families of these individuals, fellow students and friends, and our community during this time. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to each and every person affected by this incident.

Details are limited in this investigation. Currently, there is no one in custody. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Moscow Police at 208-882-2677.

The Moscow Police does not believe there is an ongoing community risk based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation.

Captain Tyson Berrett is the case agent for this incident. All press-related inquiries should be directed to:  Captain Anthony Dahlinger, PIO/Media Contact Phone 208-882-2677, email

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