Authorities said Tuesday the gory scene in which four University of Idaho students were slaughtered with a knife was the “worst scene they’ve ever seen” — as people on campus unsettled by the shocking crime , leaving town early for Thanksgiving.
Law enforcement sources told the Daily Mail that the victims bled to death after being slaughtered in the off-campus home and described the scene as the “worst they have ever witnessed”.
“There was blood everywhere. We have investigators who have been on the scene for 20 years, even 30 years, and they say they’ve never seen anything like it,” a police source close to the investigation told the outlet.
The Daily Mail also published chilling images showing blood running down the side of the building where the bodies were found.
Police have identified the victims, who were found dead Sunday afternoon, as Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
On Tuesday, Moscow police described their deaths as “targeted” killings.
“We certainly have a crime here, so we’re looking for a suspect,” Police Captain Anthony Dahlinger told the Idaho Statesman.
“Based on preliminary information, investigators believe a sharp weapon such as a knife was used,” police said in a statement.
Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt said the autopsies would be conducted on Wednesday.
Crime has shaken the community, and many students have decided to pack up early and head home for Thanksgiving.
“As a large number of students have already left the Moscow campus, a candlelight vigil previously considered for tomorrow, November 16, will be postponed,” student dean Blaine Eckles wrote on Tuesday. reported Fox News.
“It will be held after the Thanksgiving break on the week of November 28th to allow any students who wish to attend to do so. Continue to monitor your emails for the date, time and location of the vigil,” she wrote.
The deaths “had a profound impact on their families and friends,” and the school “stands with them in their grief,” Eckles added.
Many people are “leaving Dodge,” Latah County Deputy Sheriff Scott Mikolajczyk told the Idaho Statesman.
The 28-year-old police veteran told the newspaper he saw local residents, many of them students, leaving town on Monday, almost a week before the start of the university’s Thanksgiving holiday.
“I’ve been here a long time and it doesn’t happen often in Moscow,” Mikolajczyk told the Statesman. “It’s happened off and on and I think that’s probably one of the worst.”
Senior Katelyn Hettinga, the school’s former student body vice-president, told the newspaper on Tuesday that all of her professors had canceled classes for the rest of the week, which she felt was “the right move”.
“It lets us focus on just getting through this,” she said. “I know violence can happen anywhere, but to see it in Moscow, which has been such a safe place for several years, is just so shocking.”
Hettinga added, “Many of us feel a little insecure about the safety we feel on and around campus.”
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