Four University of Idaho students were found dead in a home near the Moscow, Idaho campus on Sunday. The victims have been identified as Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee GonCalves.
All four of them are believed to be victims of homicide. However, the way in which they died is still currently under investigation.
Moscow Police discovered the deaths when they responded to a report of an unconscious person in a parking lot just before noon. The police did not release additional details at the time of this tragic discovery, including the cause of death.
Students at the nearby university were asked to shelter in place while police responded to the scene. The University of Idaho has canceled classes for Monday, Nov. 14, out of respect for four students believed to have been killed. However, classes are expected to resume Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The university is working with the police to investigate the death of the students, and is committed to supporting students and families during this difficult time. Counselors will be available for students and employees left with the aftermath of their grief. They can access assistance through an employee assistance program.
The university advised students to shelter in place for about an hour until investigators determined there was no active threat. Moscow police announced a death investigation Sunday.
This deadly incident occurred around the same time that the University of Virginia announced that a suspect had been apprehended for shooting other college students on a bus.
The deaths at both universities had officials and other colleges sending messages of condolences. U.S. Representative Mike Simpson and his wife, Kathy Simpson, also sent their deepest condolences to the UI students’ families.