On Friday, the University of Idaho declared that the residence on King Street, where four of their students; Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were fatally stabbed on November 13th last year, would be demolished.
The house was situated off-campus in the city of Moscow.
“The owner of the King Street house offered to give the house to the university, which we accepted,” said university president Scott Green in a statement. “The house will be demolished. This is a healing step and removes the physical structure where the crime that shook our community was committed.”
The residence was occupied by Mogen, Goncalves, and Kernodle, along with two other roommates who managed to survive the fatal attack. Chapin, who was Kernodle’s partner, was spending the night at the house after all four students had a night out in Moscow.
The university said tearing down the house would prevent people from using it to “sensationalize the crime scene.” School leaders did not say what they planned to do with the property after demolition was complete.
“We are evaluating options where students may be involved in the future development of the property,” the university said.
According to a spokesperson who spoke to the Idaho Statesman, the university aims to finish the demolition before the spring semester’s end.
Furthermore, the university intends to establish an on-campus memorial in honor of the four victims and has plans to set up scholarships in their names.
“While the memorial will be a focal point of a garden, the garden will also be a place of remembrance of other students we have lost and a place of healing for those left behind,” the school said.
Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at Washington State University nearby, has been accused of four counts of first-degree murder in the incident. After a nationwide search, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania in December 2022.
According to reports, Kohberger had followed at least one of the female victims on Instagram and sent her multiple direct messages before the attack. Additionally, a police source disclosed to People magazine that Kohberger had a picture of one of the young women on his cellphone.
A preliminary hearing for the case is planned for June.