Idaho victim’s parents cryptically claim ‘means of death’ between two of the girls ‘don’t match’


The parents of one of the University of Idaho stabbing victims have claimed that two of students slain at their off-campus house last month have conflicting ‘means of death.’

Steven and Kristi Goncalves recently spoke out about the murder of their daughter Kaylee as patience dwindles for the Moscow, Idaho police department three weeks into the unsolved killings. Dailymail.com has reached out to the police for comment.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20, were all stabbed to death on November 13, likely while they were sleeping, according to the Latah County coroner. Police have not yet named any suspects, persons of interest or a motive in the case. 

‘I’ll cut to the chase – their means of death don’t match,’ Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, told Lawrence Jones Cross Country on Saturday. He has said that Kaylee and Mogen were sleeping in the same bed when the attack occurred.

‘Their points of damage don’t match,’ he added. ‘I’m just going to say it. It wasn’t leaked to me. I earned that. I paid for that funeral. … I sent my daughter to college. She came back in a box, and I can speak on that.’

Last week, Kaylee’s mother, Kristi Goncalves, told News Nation that she believes police cleared some individuals ‘very fast.’ 

The grieving parents have said they support their law enforcement, but are frustrated to wake up each day without any answers. 

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Steven and Kristi Goncalves, parents of Idaho stabbing victim Kaylee, have claimed that two of the students slain at their off-campus house last month have conflicting ‘means of death’

Survivors Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (right) broke their silence on Friday in heartbreaking statements after the murder of their four friends: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee's shoulders), Ethan Chapin, and Xana Kernodle

Survivors Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (right) broke their silence on Friday in heartbreaking statements after the murder of their four friends: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee’s shoulders), Ethan Chapin, and Xana Kernodle

In a statement on Saturday, the Moscow Police Department said it had received thousands of tips, but that ‘at this time, no suspect has been identified.’

‘We just have no information as a family. And it’s tough, day after day after day,’ Kristi Goncalves told ‘Lawrence Jones’ on Saturday. 

‘I mean, every day you just wake up and think, ‘Today’s the day we’re going to hear something,’ and you see these, ‘Oh, there’s a break in the case,’ and it’ll just be something stupid.’ 

Police in Idaho say they still have no viable suspects in the massacre of four University of Idaho students in their home last month, while the two roommates who survived the attack have spoken out in gut-wrenching statements.

Local cops and Moscow Police Chief James Fry have faced sharp criticism in recent days, including from the families of the victims, over the lack of apparent progress in the case.

Kaylee’s parents have said that she believes the cops cleared some people too quickly. 

‘I just feel like there have been a couple of individuals that were cleared very fast that maybe should not have been,’ Kristi Goncalves told NewsNation last week, adding that she does not ‘know anything about those individuals,’ but she thinks police may have cleared them too soon into their investigation. It’s unclear if she was referring to anyone in particular.

‘I just know they were people that definitely should have been looked at,’ she said. 

Moscow Police Department shared this statement Saturday - admitting they've made no solid progress in catching the killer of four students murdered in their beds last month

Moscow Police Department shared this statement Saturday – admitting they’ve made no solid progress in catching the killer of four students murdered in their beds last month

Moscow Police Chief James Fry is seen. Police in Idaho say they still have no viable suspects in the massacre of four University of Idaho students in their home last month

Moscow Police Chief James Fry is seen. Police in Idaho say they still have no viable suspects in the massacre of four University of Idaho students in their home last month

In the new statement on Saturday, the department said that ‘only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public.’

‘There is speculation, without factual backing, stoking community fears and spreading false information,’ the statement added.

The department said it has received 2,645 email tips and more than 2,770 calls to the tip hotline, as well as 1,084 digital media submissions to the FBI.

Investigators are poring over 113 pieces of physical evidence and about 4,000 crime scene photographs, the department said.

Meanwhile, survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, who were asleep on the first floor of the home as the killings unfolded on the upper floors, broke their silence in heartbreaking statements, which were read aloud by a pastor at Real Life Ministries on Friday.  

Mortensen wrote touching tributes to her friends, saying that Kernodle and Chapin, who were a couple, were ‘the two best friends but perfect pair together.’ 

 ‘They had this unstoppable, loving relationship. They both would look at each other with so much love. Everyone knew they were the perfect duo,’ she wrote. 

‘They both had this fun, passionate, crazy but good energy. They both were the kind of people who cared about everyone and would help anyone.’ 

She went on to describe Mogen and Goncalves as ‘an inseparable duo’ who were ‘like second moms to me.’

In her own statement, Funke said she wished she could give each of her roommates ‘one last hug’ and tell them how much she ‘loved them.’

‘You always told me that everything happens for a reason, but I’m having a really hard time trying to understand the reason for this,’ Funke wrote, addressing her slain roommate Mogen. 

'I'll cut to the chase ¿ their means of death don't match,' Kaylee's father, Steven Goncalves, said. He said that Kaylee and Mogen were sleeping in the same bed when the attack occurred

‘I’ll cut to the chase – their means of death don’t match,’ Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, said. He said that Kaylee and Mogen were sleeping in the same bed when the attack occurred

This undated photo shows University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin. Both students were among four found stabbed to death on November 13

This undated photo shows University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin. Both students were among four found stabbed to death on November 13

The Moscow Police Department has not yet named a suspect or made any arrests. 

Investigators have also not yet found a weapon, the department wrote in a news release Wednesday. 

Autopsies determined the four students were stabbed to death, likely with a fixed-blade knife, and investigators checked with local stores to see if any had sold military-style knives recently. 

 All four victims were friends and members of the university’s Greek system. 

Xana Kernodle, 20, was a junior studying marketing. She was from Post Falls, Idaho, and joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority on campus. She lived at the rental home with the other two women who were stabbed, and she was dating Ethan Chapin, who was visiting the night of the killings.

Chapin, also 20, was from Mount Vernon, Washington and was a triplet. His brother and sister also attend UI, and both Chapin and his brother were members of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were both 21 and friends who grew up together in northern Idaho. Mogen worked with Kernodle at a local Greek restaurant in Moscow. She was also a member of Pi Beta Phi.

Goncalves was a senior majoring in general studies, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and was planning a trip to Europe next year.

Police have released statements revealing the movements of the victims on the night of the killing, in a plea for any information from the public. 

Goncalves and Mogen went to a local bar, stopped at a food truck and then caught a ride home with a private party around 1.56am, according to a police timeline of the evening.

Chapin and Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house – just a short walk away – and returned to Kernodle’s house around 1.45am, police said.

Two other roommates who live in the home were also out that evening, but returned home by 1am, police said. They didn’t wake up until later that morning.

After they woke up, they called friends to come to the house because they believed one of the victims found on the second floor had passed out and wasn’t waking up. 

At 11.58am, someone inside the home called 911, using a roommate’s cell phone. Multiple people talked with the dispatcher before police arrived.

Police found two of the victims on the second floor of the three-story home, and two on the third floor. A dog was also at the home, unharmed.

Autopsies showed the four were all likely asleep when they were attacked, some had defensive wounds and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault, police said.

Before Steve Goncalves said Wednesday that his daughter Kaylee died in the same bed as Maddie, this is where it was believed the college students had died - however it is still not know which bedroom on the top floor they were in

Before Steve Goncalves said Wednesday that his daughter Kaylee died in the same bed as Maddie, this is where it was believed the college students had died – however it is still not know which bedroom on the top floor they were in

The murder house in Moscow, Idaho. Slain housemates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were found on the top floor in their beds. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the Moscow, Idaho home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

On Wednesday night, detectives revealed they were not sure if the slain University of Idaho students were targeted by the killer, contradicting Chief James Fry who previously insisted they were. 

‘We believe they’re targeted because we take a totality of all the circumstances we’re looking at,’ Fry had told reporters on November 20, a week after the murders. The statement was recently echoed by Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson.

But the department has since filed a correction, stating: ‘Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate.’ 

Three weeks after the grizzly murders, few answers have come out despite the father of one of the victims stating that the killer was ‘sloppy’ and left a ‘mess’ of evidence behind. 

Anyone with information about the murders is urged to contact the Moscow Police tip line at 208-883-7180. 

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