A University of Idaho student shared a final, chilling message just hours before she and three friends were killed in a “crime of passion.”
Kylie Goncalves, 21, was one of four people found dead in an off-campus apartment in Moscow, Idaho on Sunday.
The group’s deaths have been linked to “senseless acts of violence”, and are treated as an apparent murder, the sun reports.
In one heartbreaking post made just hours before their deaths, the four friends appeared unaware of their fate.
Captioning a selection of photos of the two of them together on Saturday, Kylie wrote: “Lucky girl to be surrounded by these people everyday.”
The photos show victims Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Maugin, 21, and Zanna Kernodel, 20, smiling and laughing with Kylie and other friends outside.
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College officials said Ethan Chapin was a freshman and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity from Mount Vernon, Washington, who majored in recreation, sports, and tourism management.
He appears to be dating Xana Kernodle — a junior from Post Falls, Idaho, who was a marketing major and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority with Madison Mogen.
Maugin, a senior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was also a marketing major, while Kaylee was a senior general studies major from Rathdrum, Idaho and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.
Mystery surrounds the deaths of the four students, although today police said they believe an “edged weapon such as a knife” was used.
In its latest statement, the Moscow Police Department said: “Although no weapons were found, based on preliminary information, investigators believe that a double-edged weapon such as a knife was used.”
They said investigators believe this was an “isolated targeted attack.”
It will work to “recreate the activities of the victims on the evening of November 12 and early morning on November 13, following all the evidence and identifying persons of interest.”
The force added, “The autopsies are scheduled to be completed later this week and we hope will provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths.”
No arrests were made, and investigators have not publicly identified any suspects.
Moscow Mayor Art Page called the deaths “senseless” and a “crime of passion” while echoing that little information could be released at this time.
“This tragedy serves as a sobering reminder that senseless acts of violence can happen anywhere, at any time, and we are not immune from such events here in our community,” he wrote.
“Today we mourn those lost and those left behind.”
In a statement to KREM’s Janelle Finch, Kylie’s family called those she loves our “advocate and protector.”
They added, “You did whatever you wanted.
“She never backed down from love, or fighting, or life.”
Tributes also poured in for the youngsters in Kylie’s latest post, with one writing: “Rest in peace Kylie, you are so loved.”
Another said: “Comfort me, pretty girls.”
Others said they were praying for their families.
University of Idaho President Scott Green said, “Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or alleviate the anguish we feel when they passed away under such tragic circumstances.
No one feels this loss more than his family and friends.
“The university is working directly with those affected and is committed to supporting all students, families and staff as this event undoubtedly touches us all.”
Police rushed to the property in Moscow, Idaho, shortly before noon Sunday.
The university city in North Central Idaho is home to approximately 25,435 residents.
The officers said they were called in response to reports of an unconscious person.
When they got to the apartment – just minutes from campus – they found four dead people inside.
The University of Idaho reported the incident via Twitter, and asked students to stay in their apartments while the situation developed.
Classes were canceled on Monday out of respect for the victims and counselors were made available to the students.
Police are actively investigating the incident and said they do not believe there is an actual threat at this time.
A candlelight vigil honored the victims Monday evening with additional services planned for later this week.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Four University of Idaho Students Found Dead, ‘Edged Weapon’ Used