Idaho Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger: Crews have boarded up the off-campus rental property on King Road in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were slain on Nov. 13 – and the University of Idaho stated Friday that it will be demolished shortly.
Pictures show plywood boards covering the doors and windows, as well as a makeshift fence surrounding the property. Security personnel continues to watch the property throughout the clock.
“The owner of the King Street home volunteered to donate it to the university, which we accepted,” said University President Scott Green in a statement. “The home is going to be dismantled.
This is a step towards reconciliation since it eliminates the physical building where the atrocity that shocked our community was perpetrated.”
He further said that the destruction will help to reduce attempts to “sensationalise” the murder site.
He also announced plans for a monument and “healing garden” to memorialise the four victims and other kids who have perished over the years in the same statement. The place had not yet been determined.
“We are examining ideas for including students in the future development of the land,” he said.
On Friday morning, neither the landlord nor the property manager replied to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment, and officials are under a gag order in the matter.
“We will never forget Xana, Ethan, Madison, and Kaylee, and I will do all in my ability to safeguard and honour their memories,” Green stated. “We will rebuild together and continue to support one another.”
A masked suspect sneaked into the house with a knife at 4 a.m. on Saturday. Three of the victims were roommates Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, as well as her visiting boyfriend Ethan Chapin, also 20.
According to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, they were spotted partying Friday evening into early Saturday morning, and several of them were likely sleeping at the time of the assault.
She said that all four had several stab wounds, and authorities subsequently disclosed that a Ka-Bar knife sheath was discovered beside Mogen’s corpse.
Investigators disclosed in a shocking court document that one of the two surviving roommates saw a black-clad, masked guy with “bushy eyebrows” go through the back sliding door.
Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, just 7 miles distant and across state borders, was identified by police.
He has since been ejected and is being detained without bond at the Latah County Prison in Moscow on four charges of first-degree murder and a felony burglary allegation.
Kohberger allegedly stalked the King Road house at least a dozen times before the assault and returned around five hours later – still hours before the first 911 call.
They claim they followed his alleged route by tracking his automobile to and from the murder site on the morning of the slayings and using phone pings.
They also discovered DNA on a knife sheath, which authorities claimed was a family match to DNA obtained from Kohberger’s parents’ home in Pennsylvania, where he was apprehended on December 30.
Friends of the victims previously told Fox News Digital that the six-bedroom rental property, located near the University of Idaho’s Greek Row, was a notorious party house, with scores of students arriving and leaving on any given weekend.
Bodycam footage from Moscow police shows many meetings with the victims over the last semester, including noise complaints and underage drinking.
The case is now under gag order, which is being contested by a coalition of media organisations and Goncalves’ family’s counsel.
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As a consequence, officials have frequently refused to comment.
Kohberger is scheduled to appear in court again on June 26 and faces the death sentence if convicted on any of the murder counts.
He has not yet entered a plea, but he has said that he expects to be exonerated via his old Pennsylvania counsel.