The father of one of the University of Idaho stabbing victims said he believes his daughter or her best friend was the target of the violent attack, despite police insisting they are unsure who the intended victim was.
Steven Goncalves, the father of 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, said he thought it was clear that his daughter or Madison Mogen, 21, was the target of the attack because they slept in the same bed on the top floor of the house. – far away from the killer’s entrance, one floor below.
Goncalves’ comments come days after Moscow police retracted an earlier statement from detectives who said they were certain one or two residents of the house had been targeted. Police clarified that they were not sure if the house itself was targeted, or if one of the victims was targeted.
Speaking to Fox and Friends, Goncalves’ explained that the room where his daughter and her boyfriend slept was away from the killer’s entrance, but that he “chose to go there when he didn’t have to.”
Kaylee, Madison, their roommate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death on Nov. 13, likely as they slept. Kaylee and Madison slept on the third floor and Xana and Ethan on the second floor. Police said the killer entered the home through a second-story sliding glass door, which was flush with the backyard.
Two other housemates were in the house, but were unharmed and unaware that the attack took place. They slept on the first floor.
Steven Goncalves, the father of 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, said he thought it was clear his daughter or Madison Mogen, 21, was the target of the attack
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, were murdered while sleeping on the top floor of the house
Speaking to Fox and Friends, Goncalves said it took little more than basic logic to understand that his daughter and her boyfriend might have been targeted.
“I’m not a professional so I want to specify that, but they said the starting point was the slider or window. It was the middle floor. So as far as I’m concerned he doesn’t have to go upstairs,’ he said. “Its entrance and exit are available without having to go up or down.
“Looks like he probably didn’t go down. We’re not sure, but he’s clearly gone up. So I use the logic that he chose to go there when he didn’t have to.’
‘So I dot the i’s and cross the t’s. As for the detectives, they’re tight-lipped, and they keep everything close to their vest, and I understand that, and I’m probably not the right person to share all these things with,’ he said. “So I just trust that their case is super tight and they don’t really need to contact the community, and all the evidence is right there in that house.”
Speaking to Fox and Friends, Goncalves said it took little more than basic logic to understand that his daughter and her boyfriend might have been targeted
Kaylee Goncalves, daughter of Steven Goncalves. Steven has been outspoken in his criticism of the Moscow police investigation
Survivors Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (right), and victims Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee’s shoulders), Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle
According to the police, some victims had defensive wounds, but it remains unclear who and how many. Goncalves said on Saturday that Kaylee and Madison appeared to have died in different ways.
“I’ll get to the point — their means of death don’t match,” Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, told me. Lawrence Jones cross country. He has said that Kaylee and Mogen were sleeping in the same bed when the attack happened.
“Their points of damage don’t match,” he added. ‘I’m just going to say it. It was not leaked to me. I deserved that. I paid for that funeral. I sent my daughter to college. She came back in a box, and I can relate to that.’
Asked by Fox and Friends about those comments and if he had any idea if his daughter or Madison was targeted based on their injuries, Goncalves said police asked him not to specify.
“I asked permission to do that, and they said no,” Goncalves said. “I probably released too much information that they wish I hadn’t said, but the story is going cold.
Fewer people are coming to Moscow. I’m not going to sleep in my bed knowing that I could get up and go to town and do something, and I’m not leaving. I hate being a nuisance, but as a father I can’t even sleep thinking I could do something.’
Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the home in Moscow, Idaho. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a bedroom on the second floor while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke slept on the first floor
On Wednesday night, detectives revealed they were unsure if the slain University of Idaho students were the target of the killer, contradicting Chief James Fry who previously insisted they were.
“We think they’re being targeted because we’re taking all the circumstances we’re looking at in their entirety,” Fry had told reporters on Nov. 20, a week after the killings. The statement was recently echoed by Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson.
But the department filed a correction, stating: “Detectives currently do not know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted, but are continuing to investigate.”
Nearly three weeks after the grizzly killings, answers have been few and far between, despite the father of one of the victims saying the killer was “sloppy” and left a “mess” of evidence.