After an unknown person killed four University of Idaho students over the weekend, Idaho police are now warning that Moscow could be in danger.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said that people should be careful because of the brutal killings.
Fry said, “We can’t say there is no threat to the community.” “Please stay alert, report anything that seems odd, and always be aware of your surroundings.”
Fry said that police don’t know anything about the suspect right now and haven’t found a murder weapon, but they have a lot of officers working on the case.
At first, the Moscow Police Department didn’t say much about the four University of Idaho students who were found dead in a home on Sunday afternoon. All they said was that an unknown suspect likely killed them with a “edged” weapon in a targeted attack.
Before the press conference on Wednesday, the families of the four college students said that the local police department that was looking into the crime wasn’t telling them enough about it.
People also didn’t understand why police said at first that there was no ongoing threat to the community even though the suspect was still on the loose.
In a statement to Fox News, Jim Chapin, the father of Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old student at the University of Idaho, said that the lack of information “feeds false rumors and innuendo in the press and on social media.”
Jim Chapin said, “The silence makes our family’s pain even worse after our son was killed.”
“For Ethan and his three close friends who were killed in Moscow, Idaho, and for all of our families, I urge the authorities to tell the truth, share what they know, find the killer, and keep the community safe.”
Alivea Goncalves, the sister of 21-year-old victim Kaylee Goncalves, told NBC affiliate KHQ that police couldn’t say with “any amount of confidence” that the crime was isolated until the suspect was caught.
“This was done with the intention of being done. She said, “Not once, not twice, not even three times, but four.” “That is the scariest thing I can think of.”
Police have identified the other two victims as Madison Mogen, age 21, and Xana Kernodle, age 20.
Before the attack, Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were at a bar downtown while Ethan Chapin and Kerndole were at a party on campus.
In the end, all four of the students went back home. Police say that the attack happened sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday.
Police don’t think someone broke into the house. Autopsies are being done on the people who died, and they might be done by Wednesday night.
Some University of Idaho students are said to have left early for Thanksgiving break.
At a press conference on Wednesday, University President Scott Green said that the “weeks ahead” would be hard for the school community.
He said, using the college’s nickname, “We will support each other as we grieve, and we will get through this as the Vandal family.”