Kaylee Goncalves and three other Idaho University students murdered in the early hours of November 13 may have been attacked because the house they were in “was full of young women” rather than her being specifically targeted, according to her family’s lawyer.
Goncalves, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death at a shared student house in Moscow, Idaho, by an unknown assailant.
Goncalves, Morgen and Kernodle all lived in the house whilst Chapin was visiting his girlfriend, Kernodle, for the night. Two other female students slept through the attack and were unharmed.
On Sunday, Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, told Fox News Digital that the coroner said his daughter had deeper wounds than Mogen, despite them being found in the same bed.
He said: “She said these were big open gouges. She said it was quick.
“These weren’t something where you were going to be able to call 911. They were not going to slowly bleed out.”
He added his daughter’s wounds “definitely did not match” those on Mogen, sparking speculation she may have been the primary target.
However, appearing on NewsNation Shanon Gray, who the family hired as an attorney, said they were not “sold on the idea that Kaylee was targeted.”
He added: “I think the more likely idea if you’re going to look at targeting is they were targeting a house that was full of girls, young ladies. I would say that makes it easier for a perpetrator to come in, to not have to deal with another male, to target that type of house.
“A house that people were coming and going because they were very social young women. I think that’s probably where the targeting comes from but once again we haven’t got any information from the police.”
Gray added that communication from the police had been “very poor,” claiming he’d “sent over a couple of questions over the last few days” on behalf of the family, which had not been answered.
He also said that police visited a vape shop near the crime scene on November 22 asking for security camera footage from November 13, which was too late as it had already been deleted.
Gray commented: “There’s a vape shop that’s just right around the corner from where the murders occurred, at the King’s Street location, and the story was the officers went into the vape shop and they asked for some video, and that the video had been deleted because they showed up too late.
“I hadn’t gotten any information about that so I went to the vape shop myself and I confirmed that story. The officers went in on November 22 and when they went in they asked for video of the 13th, and so the person that was working there was able to figure out the video aspect and said ‘hey, we have video from the 14th on but you missed out on the 13th because it’s been erased.’
“And then I asked ‘did they take the 14th ok’ – because maybe that might be some valuable information there – we never know. And they said ‘no, they just walked out and left’. That was troubling for us.”
In a separate interview with NewsNation correspondent Brian Entin, a local vape shop manager claimed Goncalves and Mogen used to visit his shop, and that Goncalves was having “tons of issues” with a stalker.
Police are seeking information on a white Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the murder scene in the early hours of November 13.
Newsweek has contacted Moscow police for comment.