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Kohberger victims were reportedly awake and texting during killings

Roommates at the University of Idaho were texting each other while their friends tragically lost their lives in a horrific incident.

In a deeply unsettling revelation surrounding the murders that took place in November 2022, new reports shed light on the series of events. Two roommates at an off-campus University of Idaho rental home were reportedly awake and texting each other as four of their housemates were brutally attacked.

This heart-wrenching detail and many others come forward as the case unfolds in court.

Details of the tragic incident

On November 13, 2022, after spending a Friday night out with friends ahead of the Thanksgiving break, four students - Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were tragically killed during a home invasion attack around 4 a.m.

They were residents of an off-campus University of Idaho rental home in Moscow, Idaho, as reported by Fox News

Steve Goncalves, the father of victim Kaylee Goncalves, mentioned in a report, “Yet Steve had been told that the two survivors allegedly had not only been awake while the killings had taken place but that they had heard everything,”

Another statement from the same report shares an even more chilling detail, “More astonishingly, his grand-jury sources alleged that the two girls had been texting one another as the murderer methodically went from one room to the next.”

Updates on the accused

Bryan Kohberger, a student pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington State University, is the primary suspect in the case.

He was apprehended in Pennsylvania in December after a cross-country journey with his father, originating from Idaho. During their journey, they were pulled over by Indiana police on two occasions. Strikingly, it's believed that Kohberger turned off his phone during the timeframe of the murders and had visited the vicinity of the crime 12 times prior to the incident.

Idaho District Judge John Judge entered not-guilty pleas for Kohberger in May on charges of first-degree murder (four counts) and a felony burglary count. If convicted, Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson intends to seek the death penalty, characterizing the killings as “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.”

Evidence leading to Kohberger’s arrest

A significant breakthrough in the investigation was the discovery of a Ka-Bar knife sheath next to Mogen's body. Authorities allege that it contained Kohberger's DNA, Inside Edition reported.

The police have also relied heavily on phone records and information related to the suspect vehicle. Further, rumors suggest the presence of a secret informant in the case, though this has not been confirmed.

A peculiar detail in the investigation is the delay in receiving the 911 call. The police only received the call around noon the following day. It was made using one of the survivors' phones, but authorities have not disclosed the identity of the caller.

Lessons to learn from this tragedy

In the wake of such a harrowing incident, it's essential to understand and internalize some lessons to ensure personal safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings: While it's impossible to predict every possible danger, being conscious of one's environment can sometimes offer an early warning of potential threats.
  • Maintain communication: If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, try to communicate with someone you trust. It could be a call, a text, or any other form of communication.
  • Trust your instincts: If something feels off, it probably is. Trust your gut feelings and act on them.

Why this story matters

Stories like these are not just news items; they are tragedies that shake communities and individuals. They remind us of the fragility of life and the unpredictability of human behavior. Such incidents make us question our safety, even in places we consider safe, like our homes or educational institutions.

Furthermore, it brings to light the importance of mental health and understanding behavioral patterns. As a society, it is crucial to ensure that individuals have the necessary support and resources available to them.

Lastly, while it's natural to feel fear and sadness, it's also essential to remember the importance of community. Coming together, offering support, and ensuring the safety of one another can make a significant difference.

Final thoughts

As the case progresses, many await justice for the victims and hope for healing for the survivors and the community at large. As observers, it's our responsibility to learn, support, and ensure that such tragedies are minimized in the future.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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