University of Idaho fraternity Sigma Chi breaks silence on member Ethan Chapin's murder one month later

It's the University of Idaho Sigma Chi chapter's first public statement directly addressing the tragic killings since the Nov. 13 slayings

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Sigma Chi fraternity honored slain member Ethan Chapin in the group's first public statement since Chapin and three fellow UI students were killed on Nov. 13. 

Chapin and his girlfriend Xana Kernodle along with Madison Mogen and her best friend Kaylee Goncalves were brutally stabbed in their off-campus rental home between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. a month ago. 

Sigma Chi wrote a four-slide statement on its Instagram Wednesday, which was the first public comment since the murders rocked the small town of Moscow, Idaho and the University of Idaho. The Sigma Chi Foundation previously announced a scholarship in Chapin's honor in late November.

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"The loss of Ethan, Xana, Maddie and Kaylee has struck many hearts within the Vandal family as well as the Moscow community," the fraternity said in its statement.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the women's two other roommates in Kaylee Goncalves' final Instagram post, shared the day before the slayings.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the women's two other roommates in Kaylee Goncalves' final Instagram post, shared the day before the slayings. (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram)

"Our love and support for the Chapin family and the other families impacted by this tragic event will never fade. Ethan was a beloved member of our chapter who never failed to bring a smile to someone's face or uplift them from a difficult time.

"His natural ability to lend a hand when we needed someone is what we all strive to possess on day. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on forever here at the Gamma Eta Chapter."

The statement continues on to say that they're cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation and "trust that they are doing everything can to bring a just and lawful end to this tragedy."

To honor Chapin, the fraternity announced it created an annual scholarship in his name that will be given to a "deserving" undergrad member of the Gamma Eta chapter. 

Flowers at an improvised memorial at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho Monday, November 21, 2022, for four of its students who were slain on November 13.

Flowers at an improvised memorial at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho Monday, November 21, 2022, for four of its students who were slain on November 13. (Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

The group has asked for privacy as they wrap up their academic year and "continue down this tragic unforeseen journey we have ahead of us."

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As of Thursday evening, law enforcement still has not publicly identified a suspect.

The students were ambushed as they slept in their beds at 1122 King Road with a large fixed-blade knife, according to police and coroner Cathy Mabbutt. Each victim had multiple stab wounds.

Goncalves' father told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Sunday that Mabbutt described the wounds as "tears" and "big open gouges."

Earlier this month, police announced that they are looking for a white, 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was spotted driving near the crime scene around the suspected time of the murders. 

A cellphone photo of a computer screen showing a white car on Highway 8 in Moscow, Idaho, around 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to a clerk who found it while reviewing security footage.

A cellphone photo of a computer screen showing a white car on Highway 8 in Moscow, Idaho, around 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to a clerk who found it while reviewing security footage. (Fox News Digital)

Fox News Digital on Tuesday obtained a photo of security camera footage showing a white sedan driving by a nearby gas station at 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Law enforcement said in most recent statement on Thursday that investigators were combing through a massive list of potential witness vehicles and asking for more information from the public.