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Grad Student from Nearby School Arrested in Killing of Four University of Idaho Students

January 3, 2023 | Kali Girl

A shocking crime has rocked the small college town of University of Idaho, as a graduate student from Washington State University was arrested in connection with the murders of four students in their off-campus home, as reported by CNN. Bryan Kohberger, 28, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary. The investigation led authorities to Kohberger through the tracing of his ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra seen in the area at the time of the murders, as well as a match of his DNA to evidence found at the crime scene.

The use of genetic genealogy helped investigators identify the suspect, and further investigation by law enforcement led to Kohberger’s arrest in his home state of Pennsylvania. An investigation led by the FBI’s Philadelphia field office has resulted in the arrest of a suspect in the murders of four students. The suspect was under surveillance for four days before being taken into custody with the assistance of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police homicide bureau, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Authorities are reportedly still searching for the weapon used in the killings. No further details about the case have been released, including the suspect’s possible connection to the victims or when he became the focus of the investigation. The arrest came after the police received 20,000 tips and conducted over 300 interviews. The suspect, a PhD student at Washington State University, had recently completed his first semester in the school’s criminal justice program.

On the morning of the tragic incident, 21-year-olds Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, along with 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, were found stabbed to death in their dorm rooms. It is believed that they were asleep at the time of the attack and some of the victims had defensive wounds, according to the coroner.

The arrest of a suspect in the case has brought some much-needed relief to the University of Idaho community, with President Scott Green stating, “Today’s news of arrest is a welcome one. It’s relief to our university, our community and our extended Vandal family.”

However, the murders have left a deep impact on the community and as Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson said, “no arrest will ever bring back these young students.” But justice will be sought through the criminal process, according to Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Fry.

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