With the Idaho murders unsolved and the length of the investigation ‘unclear’, students were allowed to learn remotely

University of Idaho students will have the option of learning remotely or on campus following the Nov. 13 murders of four students near campus, President Scott Green said in a Thursday video posted to Facebook.

Green had discussed the possibility of a hybrid learning option last week, and the video posted on the school’s Facebook page on Thanksgiving solidified the plan for students as authorities have yet to announce any suspects in the brutal stabbing deaths of student Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

“We’ve heard from students with different needs,” Green said in the video. “Some are not comfortable being back in Moscow until a suspect is in custody. Others ask for in-person classes and the structure that life on campus brings. To meet the needs of all our students, we have asked our faculty to work with each students to complete the semester either in person or externally.”

The school structure will resemble Zoom classes, recorded lectures, or other forms of hybrid learning that teachers established during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the women's two other roommates in Kaylee Goncalves' final Instagram post, shared the day before the killings.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the women’s two other roommates in Kaylee Goncalves’ final Instagram post, shared the day before the killings.
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“The brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin have shaken our community to its core and brought fear and devastating pain to our Vandal family,” the university president said. “We’re sad. We’re angry. We’re struggling to make sense of it.”

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The school will host a vigil for students on Nov. 30, when some students will be back on campus after Thanksgiving break.

University of Idaho President Scott Green speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

University of Idaho President Scott Green speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
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The four students, aged between 20 and 21, were stabbed multiple times while sleeping in their home in Moscow, Idaho, near campus in the early morning hours of November 13 after spending the night with friends. They each had multiple stab wounds and some had defensive wounds, according to the Latah County Coroner and Moscow Police (MPD).

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MPD officers arrived at the scene later on Nov. 13 while responding to a 911 call about an unconscious person that was made at 1 p.m. 11:58. The caller thought one of the victims had passed out and wouldn’t wake up, according to police.

General views of the home in Moscow, Idaho, taken Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, when four University of Idaho students were murdered, show red stains running down the home's foundation.

General views of the home in Moscow, Idaho, taken Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, when four University of Idaho students were murdered, show red stains running down the home’s foundation.
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Since the murders, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officials have been assigned to the case to help MPD identify and find the killer, as well as the killer’s motive. Officials are also still looking for the murder weapon, which they believe is a knife. They have received and analyzed more than 1,000 tips in connection with the case.

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“Even with these additional resources, it is unclear how long this investigation will take. It is deeply frustrating for all of us who are waiting for this criminal to be apprehended,” Green said in his Thursday video.

Flowers at an impromptu memorial at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, for four of its students who were killed on Nov. 13.

Flowers at an impromptu memorial at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, for four of its students who were killed on Nov. 13.
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Authorities are also investigating victim Kaylee Goncalves’ comments about having a stalker.

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“Kaylee mentioned having a stalker, but detectives have not been able to confirm the statement,” MPD said in a statement Wednesday. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker or unusual cases to contact the tip line.”

Police are asking anyone with information or footage related to the killings to call 208-883-7180 ​​or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

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