Idaho murders: The father of one of the four University of Idaho students killed in their off-campus house has revealed that he had never heard the suspected killer’s name before or during the investigation.
Kaylee Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, spoke out just hours after Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested and charged with the November 13 murders.
‘No, we had not. That’s just completely honest,’ Steve told Fox News when asked whether he had ever heard of Kohberger. ‘Everything was kept under the wraps.’
‘The investigation did everything they could to keep this from becoming public, to keep the jury untainted, and to follow all of the rules. And I believe they have done an excellent job of it,’ he added.
Steve was also grateful that Kohberger was apprehended before Kaylee and her best friend Maddie Mogen’s ‘celebration of life’ on Friday afternoon.
‘It was important for us to have this person of interest in custody, so they weren’t possibly in that audience, because we made it open,’ he explained.
‘And we knew that if we made ourselves vulnerable like that, we didn’t want someone to take advantage of it and feed off of it. ‘Or we definitely don’t want to feed someone who is a predator to our environment,’ he added.
Steve, who was outspoken in criticizing police as the investigation dragged out over months with few updates to the public, was quick to reverse his stance following the arrest.