Ethan Chapin’s parents, a 20 year-old University of Idaho student, was killed in a quadruple murder near campus. They are frustrated at the lack of information from the school or police.
Moscow, Idaho authorities have not yet announced any suspects in the incident. This has left community members on edge since the four victims were stabbed with a knife-like weapon during an “isolated, targeted assault”.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Jim Chapin, victim’s father, stated that there is not enough information from the University of Idaho or the local police. This only fuels false rumors, innuendo, and press coverage. “The silence only adds to the pain and suffering of our family following the murder of our son.” Ethan, his three friends, who were killed in Moscow, Idaho, along with all our families, need officials to tell the truth, share their knowledge, locate the attacker, and protect the larger community.
Chapin was one of three triplets who were born Oct. 29, 2002. They all attended the university. His mother Stacy Chapin said that Chapin “lit up every space he walked in and was a kind and loyal, loving son.
“Words can’t express the pain and suffering our family is going through. It breaks my heart that we will never again be able hug and laugh with Ethan, but it is also excruciating to think of the horrible way he was taken away from us,” she stated.
Blaine Eckles, Dean of Students, stated in a Tuesday notice that many students had already left Moscow campus before Thanksgiving break following the quadruple murders. After break, a candlelight vigil was held for the victims.
Eckles stated that the deaths of the students have had a “profound impact on their families” and that the school is “with them in their sorrow.” Eckles advised students to share their plans with their professors.
Although the police and school have stated that there is no threat to this community, the school community remains concerned as there is not yet a suspect in custody.
According to officers on the scene, blood was found in the King Road home where the incident occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Neighbors heard noises coming from the house on Saturday night, but they said it sounded more like a party than an altercation.
Moscow officers responded around noon to reports that someone was unconscious and found the four students dead upon their arrival. Party hosts often host parties at King Road’s many student houses. On Monday and Tuesday, the streets were littered with empty alcohol bottles and other items.
The victims were Chapin, Washington; Madison Mogen (21), of Coeur d’Alene Idaho; Xana Kernodle (20), of Avondale Arizona; Kaylee GonCalves (21) of Rathdrum Idaho.
According to the Moscow Police Department, the autopsies of the victims are expected to be done later in the week. At that point police “hopefully will provide more definitive information about the exact cause and manner of death,” Tuesday’s statement stated.
Local authorities have joined forces with federal and state law enforcement agencies to solve the case. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Moscow police at (208-883-7054)