University of Idaho students had locks fixed the weekend before the murders

One of the four murdered University of Idaho students had visited her father and fixed a lock in the house the weekend before she and her friends were brutally murdered, her mother said in a new interview.

Xana Kernodle’s father had visited the home during a visit in the first week of November and repaired a lock, her mother, Cara Denise Northington, told NewsNation on Friday.

The distraught mother wasn’t sure if the updated lock was on the front door of the Moscow home or on Kernodle’s bedroom – each of the six bedrooms has its own coded lock – but was certain Kernodle’s father was about to quadruple murder one had crafted.

A knife-wielding mystery killer brutally stabbed Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves early on November 13th.

The locks could be a clue as to who the killer might be, Northington said.

“I think they knew her,” Northington said of her daughter’s killer. “I think they might even have been friends with them. I think there must have been someone close to her that got away with it like that.”

Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin.
The Idaho murder victims, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.

“It just doesn’t make sense. None of this makes sense. It must have been someone they trusted.”

Police have theorized that a stalker stalking Goncalves could be the culprit, but Northington believes the crime goes “much deeper”.

Officials recently returned to their theory that the victims were targeted, but Northington remains confident the four students were singled out by their killer because of their close relationship with one another.

The grieving mother fought back tears during the nearly 20-minute interview, during which she made multiple complaints that police were withholding information.

A memorial outside the house off campus

A memorial in front of the off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed Tuesday, November 22, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho.

Xana Kernodle Ethan Chapin Victim of University of Idaho Murder.

Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin victims of University of Idaho murder.

A memorial in front of the Mad Greek Restaurant

A memorial outside the Mad Greek Restaurant for four University of Idaho students who were stabbed to death on Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho.

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“I learned more from the news and television than they told me,” Northington said.

“I think they have information they’re not giving us. And it’s really lazy. I will say that.”

Goncalves’ family complained to NewsNation on Friday that police were not accommodating to the victims’ families. Goncalves’ mother has expressed concern that officers are too quick to acquit people linked to the killings.

“Some of the names that have been floating around, I think it’s hard not to go into that and I don’t know how much of that we have, so little information from law enforcement, and how much of that is really sister or intuition of a father,” said Alivea Goncalves, Kaylee’s sister.

Goncalves' family have expressed that state police have not spoken openly to them about the ongoing investigation into the murders.
Goncalves’ family have expressed that state police have not spoken openly to them about the ongoing investigation into the murders.
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“I just feel like there were a few people who got deleted very quickly, which maybe shouldn’t have been,” said Kristi Goncalves, Kaylee’s mother.

Police said they released several people, including the person who made the 911 call, two housemates who lived in the home but were unharmed, and another person whose name is on the lease. University of Idaho students had locks fixed the weekend before the murders


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