Dad of slain Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves says daughter or friend was targeted

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In a new interview, the father of one of the four University of Idaho students murdered in their home last month said he believes the killer targeted his daughter or her best friend.

The heartbroken father of slain student Kaylee Goncalves told “Fox & Friends” that he believes Kaylee, 21, or her best friend, Madison Mogen, 21, were targeted because they were inside the three-story home, a distance away from the killer’s likely entry point.

According to Steven Goncalves, “common sense” and “logic” indicate that either of the two was the intended victim because they were killed in a bed on the third floor of the home while police say the suspect entered through a back slider on the second floor.

“[The killer] doesn’t have to go upstairs,” he explained. “He can enter and exit without having to go upstairs or downstairs… I’m assuming he chose to go up there when he didn’t have to.”

Investigators initially stated that the Nov. 13 stabbing death of the two college seniors, their 20-year-old roommate, Xana Kernodle, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, in their off-campus home was a targeted crime.

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However, on Wednesday, they retracted that claim, stating that detectives are unsure whether the home or any of the victims were specifically targeted.

“I’m just connecting the dots,” Steve Goncalves told “Fox & Friends” hosts after previously telling the station that the ways his daughter and Mogen were killed “don’t match.”


“I’ll get right to the point — their modes of death don’t match,” he told Fox News on Saturday.

“Their damage points do not match.”

When asked about his previous comments on “Fox & Friends,” Steve Goncalves said he couldn’t say whether he thought his daughter or Mogen was the intended target due to their apparently different injuries.

“I asked for permission to do just that,” he said, “and [investigators] said no.” “I probably over-disclosed information that they wish I hadn’t, but the story is dying.”

Kaylee Goncalves and Mogen, who had been best friends for years, were killed while sleeping in the same bed on the third floor.

Kernodle and Chapin were executed together in a bed on the second floor, near the back slider door.

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According to police, two other roommates who were sleeping on the ground floor of the Moscow home were unharmed and most likely slept through the bloodbath.

“It appears that [the killer] did not go downstairs,” Steve Goncalves said. “We don’t know for sure, but he clearly went upstairs.” So I’m assuming he chose to go up there when he didn’t have to.”

Police have not named any suspects or motives in the quadruple homicide three weeks later.