Idaho college murders: Slain student's father says she had stalker
A vigil is being held Wednesday night in Moscow, Idaho, for the four victims
Slain University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves told her father she had a stalker, but police have not been able to identify the person, according to a new report.
Goncalves, 21, and three friends Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed to death in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 at a rental home in Moscow, just yards from campus.
"Did [Kaylee] ever talk to you about a potential stalker or somebody that made her uncomfortable?" ABC News reporter Kayna Whitworth asked Kaylee's father, Steven Goncalves, in an interview.
"She did," he replied. Police previously said they had thoroughly probed reports from family and friends that Kaylee had a stalker.
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"Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kayle Goncalves having a stalker," the Moscow Police Department said in a Nov. 22 press release. "They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker."
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Police have repeatedly said that the murders were an "isolated, targeted incident," but have not disclosed which of the four victims were the target or why.
"Do you think Kaylee was specifically targeted?" Whitworth asked Goncalves.
"It’s a fear of mine," he replied. "It’s a fear that when you have something like this happen the last thing you want to do is hurt the other family, and you don’t want to have any kind of responsibility for those people to feel like they were just casualties."
The shattered father said he saw his daughter shortly before the grisly slayings. "Kaylee was just home, and she was talking about her car and she was pretty excited," he said.
The young woman, who was set to graduate in December, had just bought a Range Rover, which was seen Tuesday night covered in snow while being towed from the King Road crime scene along with four other cars.
Police said the vehicles would be stored and processed for evidence. Kaylee, of Rathdrum, Idaho, had secured a marketing job in Austin, Texas, and planned to move there after graduating.
More than two weeks have passed since the quadruple homicide, and police said they have not zeroed in on a suspect or motive.
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"I haven't earned the ability to grieve the way that I want to grieve," Goncalves said. "I want to be able to have justice first."
Goncalves plans to speak at a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening.
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