Four Students Were Murdered at the University of Idaho


Abby Nickels, Class of 2026

On November 13 of last year, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Gonclaves, four students studying at the University of Idaho, were stabbed to death. The victims were all in their early twenties. According to the police, the murders happened between 4:00 and 4:25 in the morning. The suspect, Brian Koherger, was reported to be in the area of the victims house, multiple times before the attack, and once more after the attack.

A little more than a month after the murder, Brian Kohberger was stopped twice on the way home to Pennsylvania, once for speeding and another for following a vehicle too closely. He was then arrested and released. Almost two weeks later, his DNA was found on a knife sheath left on the victims bed, which was then compared to Koherger’s father’s DNA from his trash. It then determined that Koherger’s father was the father of the suspect in the murders. Koherger was arrested three days later on December 30.

He was arrested on four counts of burglary and first-degree murder, and made his first appearance in court on the same day. Kohberger was then moved to Idaho to go to court, and as of now the preliminary hearing will be on June 26. No motive has been established, but some think it may be due to the wanting of outsmarting the authorities due to his background in criminal justice.

Updates will follow.