The surviving roommates in last month’s deadly, unsolved University of Idaho shooting broke their silence with a pair of letters in which they voiced their agony over the killings.
On November 13, Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were shot to death in their Moscow, Idaho, student rental home while Dylan Mortenson and Bethany Funke were quietly sleeping on the first floor.
The four college students’ surviving roommates Dylan Mortenson and Bethany Funke wrote heartbreaking messages, which were read during a gathering over the weekend to remember the four people who died last month.
The memorial was held on Friday in Post Falls, Idaho.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the letter written by Mortenson was shared by a youth pastor from Real Life Ministries.
“They changed the way I look at life. I know it’ll be hard not to have the four of them in our lives, but I know Xana, Ethan, Maddie and Kaylee would want us to live life and be happy. They would want us to celebrate their lives,” Mortenson wrote.
Funke wrote in her letter that “I wish every day that I could give them one last hug and say how much I loved them.” “You always told me that everything happens for a reason, but I’m having a really hard time trying to understand the reason for this,” she added.
She continued by remembering Goncalves’ particular sense of humour and her unwavering determination to succeed. She went on to say that Chapin, who did not reside with the group but had been a close friend, had a “bright personality” and made an impression on everyone he met. His love for Kernodle was the best example of this.
“The way you loved her was truly admirable and so special. It made people believe in true love” she said.
Mortenson said that “ they both had this fun, passionate, crazy, but good energy. They were the kind of people who cared about everyone and would help anyone.”
She then described Mogen and Goncalves as ‘inseparable’ and they were like sisters or second moms to her.
Mortenson added that Xana and Ethan were two best friends and they had an unstoppable loving relationship. She called them the ‘perfect duo.’ She believes that Xana and Ethan will be together watching them and telling them that everything is okay and that they have each other.
It is not sure if Funke or Mortenson attended the memorials of their friends who died.
According to police, Mortensen and Funke are not thought to be suspects in the attack that killed the students on November 13 at their off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho.
An autopsy revealed that the victims, who were all in their early 20s, most likely had several stab wounds while they slept. Authorities have not identified a suspect, explained the murder’s motivation, or found the murder weapon.
In light of the ongoing mystery surrounding the case, Moscow Police repeatedly advised the public not to accept the rumours, and in a statement on Friday, they clarified that the online claims of the victims being bound and gagged are not true.
The aim of the attack may have been the home or its residents, but detectives have not yet determined which was the case, according to police.
All four students who were murdered were members of the University’s Greek system.
Xana Kernodle, 20, was a junior studying marketing. She joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority at university and was originally from Post Falls, Idaho.
Chapin, also 20 years old, was a triplet from Mount Vernon, Washington and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were two friends who grew up together in northern Idaho. Both were 21 years old. At a neighbourhood Greek restaurant in Moscow, Mogen and Kernodle worked together.
Goncalves was a senior majoring in general studies and she had plans to go to Europe in 2019.
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