In the days before they were found murdered in their Moscow, Idaho, home, three of the four University of Idaho victims produced fun, joking videos for TikTok with their two other roommates, who survived the attack that occurred in the early hours of November 13.
The videos, released by the Daily Mail, show victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21, laughing and dancing with fellow roommates Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, who both survived the attack. The videos also featured Murphy, a dog belonging to Goncalves and her ex-boyfriend. Murphy was unharmed during the killings and is now living elsewhere.
In one video, filmed just a few weeks before the murder, Goncalves leads her roommates in a playful dance.
Other videos show the roommates pretending to be each other, with Murphy making numerous appearances.
Goncalves, Kernodle, Mogen, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were found murdered in their off-campus residents after noon on November 13. Police responded to a report of an unresponsive person, only to discover the gruesome crime scene.
Police have also said they do not believe that the two surviving roommates – who apparently did not hear the killings take place – are involved in the crime. They also do not believe a man observed in surveillance video outside a food truck visited by Goncalves and Mogen the night of the murder was involved, nor was a driver who drove the women home.
On Sunday, police provided more information about the killings and asked the public for “context to the events and people involved in these murders.”
“Anyone who observed notable behavior, has video surveillance, or can provide relevant information is asked to call the Tip Line,” police said in a press release.
Police are looking for any outside surveillance video taken between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on November 13 – the morning of the murders – from local businesses and residences in the area. They’ve requested all video, even if there doesn’t appear to be any motion in them. Police are also asking for any tips or surveillance video about “any observed suspicious behavior” on the night of the murders, particularly in the areas where the students were.
Goncalves and Mogen were in downtown Moscow prior to their murders, while Chapin and Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house.
The police also clarified that the 911 call about an unconscious person was made from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Several people spoke with the 911 dispatcher before a police officer arrived on the scene, and at this time, police do not believe anyone who was at the residence at the time the 911 call was made is involved in the crime.
Police have received nearly 600 tips relating to the case but still have no suspects in custody and have not located the weapon used. Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt previously described the murder weapon as “a bigger knife” that would be consistent with the “pretty extensive” wounds found on the students. She wouldn’t say how many times each student was stabbed, but she indicated that each student was stabbed multiple times and in different places on their bodies. She also said the victims had a “little bit of bruising” but “nothing significant,” adding that such bruising “wouldn’t be uncommon during a stabbing.”