An University of Idaho senior has written an opinion-ed about the moment she learned of the murders of her four classmates and how she now struggles with a “unsettling reality.”
Katarina Hockema, a University of Idaho marketing and journalism student, wrote “I’m frustrated.”
“Madened by the cruelty and disregard that this person (or those people) showed for human life. Anxious because of the inability to find critical information and the seemingly endless lack of updates. Anxious about my safety as there is no suspect or threat. She wrote that she was saddened and broken for the families and friends of Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen, as well as all those who were near Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin and Madison Mogen.
Kernodle and Chapin, Mogen, and Goncalves were found fatally stabbed in a Moscow, Idaho home on King Road. This was just one block away from the University of Idaho campus, and within easy reach of several fraternity houses. The murders of Chapin, Mogen and Kernodle were first reported Nov. 13. They have not been solved for more than three weeks.
MOSCOW. IDAHO. CHIEF OF POLICY JIM FRY ON POLICE BOXING THE BEINGS OF MURDERVICTIMS
“University of Idaho student recalls the difficult weeks since four students were murdered,” Hockema (an Alaskan native) describes first learning there was a homicide close to campus and then finding out that four people had been killed.
“Four? What does it mean to be four? It’s impossible,” she thought.
Hockema claimed that she had taken a class alongside Kernodle, and was familiar with the victims from friends or seeing them around campus.
She wrote, “Despite all this, I don’t pretend to know them.” “But U of I, a small campus and this touches all of you. Every student.
She continued, “Her sense of safety has been an ever-swinging pendulum.”
“[M]y security has been shaken. I doubt that I will ever see Moscow the same way again. Are they still as small, safe and quiet as before? She wrote. “Pepper spray may not be the thoughtful gift you want for your roommate, but it will attach to your keychain and weigh you down with the reality of your new reality.”
EMOTIONAL IDAHO POLICY CHIEF ON QUADRUPLEMURDER CASE: ‘IT AFECTS US BUT WE HAVE A JOB to DO’
She said, “I am still an Idaho Vandal.” According to the university’s motto, we are “Brave and Bold”. “I have not felt this way for the last few weeks.”
Jodi Walker, spokesperson for University of Idaho stated earlier this week that 60-75 percent of students are currently on campus. The school had 11,507 students as of October 2022.
Moscow Police officers responded to a call about an “unconscious individual” at King Road at 11:58 am on Nov. 13. Officials said that several people were already at the crime site when police arrived.
Police said that the 911 call was “originating from within the residence” and originated from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Before officers arrived, multiple people spoke to the dispatcher.
Officials claim the victims were asleep between 3 and 4 AM on Nov. 13, when they were attacked multiple times on the third and second floors of the three-story house. According to the medical examiner, some victims had shown signs of fighting back.
According to family members and police, Mogen and Goncalves had been sleeping on the same floor as each other when they were repeatedly stabbed. Chapin and Kerndodle were both on a different floor.
Surviving roommates were found on the bottom floor and survived.
Police said that the attack was “targeted” and they believe it was. However, there is some confusion about how or why. Police have yet to identify the intended victim.
Police said that investigators received more than 2,645 emails from the tipline in Moscow and more than 2,770 calls. More than 1,084 submissions of digital media have been received by the FBI.
Moscow Police Department invites the public to send any information or images they believe could be useful in their investigations. They can do so by calling 208-883-7180, submitting tips through [email protected], and sending digital media here.
Authorities also created a webpage specifically related to the King Road Attack.