Idaho students: Food truck video of slain students offers a timeline of their final hours



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Two of four University of Idaho students who were killed on Sunday were last seen alive ordering from a food truck late at night in Moscow, Idaho around 1:41 a.m. , according to the truck’s Twitch live stream.

In the video, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves order $10 carbonara from Grub Truckers and wait about 10 minutes for their food. As they wait, they can be seen chatting to each other and to other people standing near the truck.

Joseph Woodall, 26, who runs the food truck, told CNN the two students did not appear to be in any distress or danger in any way.

The food truck video offers a useful timeline of their final hours, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said Wednesday in a quadruple murder case that remains open, with no suspects or murder weapons and an apparently bloody scene. where investigators were still working on Thursday. .

The students – Mogen, Goncalves, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle – were all found stabbed to death in their common off-campus at his home on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Autopsies have been completed and results will be released as they become available, an employee of the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office told CNN. Police released a statement Thursday from Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt saying the cause of death was homicide and the manner of death was stabbing. No autopsy details were included.

The killings and authorities’ lack of information have upset residents of Moscow, a city of 25,000 that has not recorded any murders since 2015, according to state police data. Local police work with the FBI and State Police to track down a suspect.

Despite no arrests or suspects, Moscow police initially described the killings as a “targeted attack” and said there was no threat to the public. Fry backtracked Wednesday at his first press conference on the case.

“We can’t say there’s no threat to the community,” Fry said. “And as we said, please remain vigilant, report suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

Some students left the area on the days of fall recess, which begins Monday.

“Everybody kind of went home because they’re scared (unsuspectingly) of getting caught,” college student Nathan Tinno, who planned to leave Friday after taking classes, told CNN. “It’s definitely uncomfortable.”

University President Scott Green said students are encouraged to do what’s right for them and have the support of the administration.

Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson told NBC’s “Today Show” Thursday that investigators are still working to determine a suspect.

“We have no one in custody and the police have been unable to identify those responsible for these killings,” he said.

Jim Chapin, Ethan Chapin’s father, released a statement on Wednesday calling on police to release more information about the murders.

“There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and local law enforcement, which only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the press and social media,” a- he declared. “The silence further aggravates the agony of our family after the murder of our son. For Ethan and his three dear friends killed in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge those responsible to speak the truth, share what they know, find the perpetrator, and protect the community in his outfit.

Green said they are working with police to get information out to the public.

“We have helped when asked and have continually pushed for as much information as possible, knowing that we cannot interfere with the important work of a good investigation,” he said in a statement.

Officers are investigating the scene of the quadruple homicide at a home near the University of Idaho on Sunday.

Police have begun building a timeline of what happened in the hours leading up to the murders, though much remains unknown.

Chapin and Kernodle were at a party on campus Saturday night, while Mogen and Goncalves were at a downtown bar before all heading home early Sunday after 1:45 a.m., Fry said.

All four were fatally stabbed at some point early Sunday morning, Fry said, but there was no 911 call until noon. The chief did not reveal who called 911. The coroner’s statement said the four were pronounced dead at noon.

Two additional housemates were at home at the time of the deaths, neither of whom were injured or held hostage, Green said. Both roommates have fully cooperated with law enforcement, Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told CNN on Wednesday.

“There were other people at the house at the time, but we’re not just focusing on them, we’re focusing on everyone who can get in and out of this residence,” Fry said.

After the 911 call about an unconscious person, officers found the door to the house open and a gruesome crime scene.

There was no evidence of forced entry, Fry said. “We’re not 100% sure the door was unlocked, there was no damage to anything and the door was still open when we arrived,” Fry said.

There was “a fair amount of blood in the apartment,” Mabbutt told CNN affiliate KXLY on Tuesday.

“It was quite a traumatic scene to find four students dead in a residence hall,” she said.

Clockwise from left: University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves

Just hours before their deaths, Goncalves had posted a photo of the group with the caption “a girl lucky to be surrounded by these people every day”, adding a heart emoji.

The 21-year-old from Rathdrum, Idaho, was a senior majoring in general studies and a member of Alpha Phi sorority.

His older sister, Alivea Goncalves, sent a statement to the Idaho statesman on behalf of her and Mogen’s family.

“They were smart, they were alert, they were cautious and it all still happened,” she said. “No one is in custody and that means no one is safe. Yes, we are all heartbroken. Yes, we are all seized. But anger is stronger than any of those feelings. We are angry. You should be angry.

Mogen, 21, was from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and had a degree in marketing. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Chapin, 20, was one of three triplets, all enrolled at the University of Idaho, his family said in a statement. He was a freshman from Conway, Washington, majoring in recreation, sports, and tourism management. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

“Ethan lit up every room he walked in and was a kind, loyal and loving son, brother, cousin and friend,” said his mother, Stacy Chapin. “Words cannot express the grief and devastation that our family is going through. It breaks my heart to know that we will never be able to hug or laugh with Ethan again, but it is also excruciating to think of how horribly he left us. has been kidnapped.

Kernodle, 20, was from Avondale, Arizona. She majored in marketing and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was “positive, funny and loved by everyone who met her,” said her older sister, Jazzmin Kernodle.

“She was so light and always lifted a coin,” Jazzmin Kernodle said. “She made me such a proud big sister, and I wish I could have spent more time with her. She had so much life left to live. My family and I are at a loss for words, confused and anxiously awaiting investigation updates.

She also offered her condolences to the other victims and their families. “My sister was so lucky to have them in her life.”

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