Idaho college student Kaylee Goncalves shared a heartbreaking post before her death

Hours before her death, one of the four University of Idaho students who were brutally stabbed posted a heartbreaking message online that she was “a lucky girl” able to spend every day with the group of close-knit friends.

Kaylee Goncalves shared the news on Instagram along with photos of herself surrounded by friends including Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20.

“A lucky girl to be surrounded by these people,” Goncalves said.

Shortly after posting the photo, the 21-year-old was found dead in an off-campus home with Chapin, Mogen and Kernodle on Sunday.

A few weeks earlier, Goncalves posted several photos of her and Mogan growing up together, according to CBS News.

“I wouldn’t have wanted someone else to be the main character in all of my childhood stories,” she wrote.

Mogen replied: “I love you more than life! My best friend forever and more.”

The message from Kaylee Goncalves on Instagram
Goncalves shared heartbreaking news shortly before her death.
Murdered Idaho students
University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves (bottom left) and Madison Mogen (top left), Ethan Chapin (center) and Xana Kernodle (right) were found dead Sunday in Moscow, Idaho.
Instagram / @kayleegoncalves

Goncalves’ eldest sister Alivea released an emotional statement about the loss of the family.

“Kaylee was, is and always will be our defender and protector,” the family told KREM2 in part.

“She did absolutely everything she set out to do. She didn’t hold back on love, fights or life. Kaylee was the ultimate go-getter and always wanted an adventure,” she added.

Alivea said each of her five siblings has a unique role in their family. As the middle child, Kaylee served as a “fairness fighter.”

Alivea described her sister as always looking for adventure and living her life to the fullest, saying there wasn’t much to say to Kaylee that she couldn’t.

She told KREM2 that she last spoke to Kaylee via text message on Friday.

Kaylee Goncalves
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, “was, is and always will be our defender and protector,” her family said in a statement.
Instagram / @kayleegoncalves

Her mother Kristi said after hearing the devastating news that Kaylee and close family friend Mogen were dead, it felt like she’d lost two daughters, the outlet reported.

Alivea said she felt like she had lost two sisters.

Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin
Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were believed to be in a relationship prior to her death.

Meanwhile, Kernodle’s sister, Jazzmin, wrote in a text to the Associated Press that her family was anxiously awaiting news of the investigation.

“Xana was so happy and loved and it breaks my heart,” wrote Jazzmin Kernodle. “She was so lighthearted and always upgraded a room. She made me such a proud big sister and I wish I could have spent more time with her.”

Jazzmin added, “She had so much life left to live.”

Kernodle and Chapin had dated.

In one post, Kernodle wished him a happy birthday, writing, “Life is so much better with you in it, love you!” Idaho college student Kaylee Goncalves shared a heartbreaking post before her death


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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