Idaho Murderer Poses Campus Safety Issues

Ximena Bonilla

On November 22, 2022, Kaylee Gonclaves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were murdered in their off-campus residence near the University of Idaho. Their other two roommates survived the murders and called the police hours after the incident. 

Meanwhile, the actual murderer, Bryan Kohberger, was still wandering society for a bit over a month. He was a criminology student, and soon had a job interview with a local police chief. On December 15, Kohberger had two encounters with the police while he was driving with his father to their Pennsylvania home. He was stopped by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for speeding, and the 2nd time was stopped by the Indiana State Police for following a vehicle too closely. 

Over a week later, Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath that was left on one of the victim’s beds. They compared this DNA to Kohberger’s father’s DNA, and it was determined that his DNA was related to the murderer. Bryan Kohberger was finally arrested on December 30th in Pennsylvania. He was arrested for four counts of first-degree murder and burglary. 

Kohberger still denies that he killed the victims, and has not stated his motive either. It is essential that people stay well-guarded inside their homes, in case something like this occurs to them. 

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