The devastated father of murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves revealed during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night that she died in the same bed as her longtime best friend, Madison Mogen.
“These girls were absolutely beautiful. They’ve been friends since sixth grade … Every day they did homework together, they came to our house together, they shared everything,” Steve Goncalves told a crowd of about 1,000 people at the campus.
“They went to high school together, then they started looking at colleges and they came here together, they eventually get into the same apartment together,” he said inside the school’s Kibbie Dome, the Idaho Statesman reported.
“And in the end, they died together, in the same room, in the same bed. And it’s a shame, and it hurts,” the grieving dad continued.
He said he took solace from the fact that they were together in their last moments on Nov. 13 in their off-campus home in Moscow.
“The beauty of the two always being together is something that will — it comforts us, it lets us know that they were with their best friends in the whole world,” Goncalves said.
He also vowed to get justice for his 20-year-old daughter, Mogen, 21, and the other two slain students, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.
“We’re gonna get our justice, we’re gonna figure this stuff out. This community deserves that,” Goncalves said, the Independent reported.
Also attending the vigil was Maddie’s father, Ben, who recalled how he had bragged about how she made the dean’s list and fell in love with her boyfriend.
“I’m so glad that she got to just have at least a little taste of what it’s like to be in love with someone,” Mogen said, according to the Idaho Statesman.
“I was really proud to call (Jake) my daughter’s boyfriend and maybe some day they would have gotten married. It seemed like it at least,” he added.
Police said the four students were stabbed to death while their roommates Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen slept on the first floor.
On Wednesday, police stunningly revealed that detectives aren’t sure if the quadruple homicide was a targeted attack — despite informing the public earlier that they believed a killer or killers targeted the victims.
“Conflicting information has been released over the past 24 hours. The Latah County Prosecutor’s Office stated the suspect(s) specifically looked at this residence, and that one or more of the occupants were undoubtedly targeted,” Moscow police said in a statement.
“We have spoken with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office and identified this was a miscommunication,” it added. “Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate.”
No suspects have been identified and the murder weapon has not been found.