Slain University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves told her father she had a stalker, but police were unable 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 hours of November 13 in a Moscow tenement just meters from campus.
“Did [Kaylee] Ever spoken to you about a potential stalker or someone you felt uncomfortable with?” ABC News reporter Kayna Whitworth asked Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, in an interview.
“She did,” he replied. Police previously said they had thoroughly investigated reports from family and friends that Kaylee had a stalker.
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“Investigators have extensively reviewed the information they received that Kayle Goncalves has a stalker,” the Moscow Police Department said in a Nov. 22 press release. “They have traced hundreds of pieces of information on this subject and have not been able to verify or identify any stalker.”
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Police have repeatedly said the killings were a “single, targeted incident” but have not revealed which of the four victims was 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 if something like this happens, the last thing you want to do is hurt the other family, and you don’t want to be responsible for making those people feel like victims.”
The devastated father said he saw his daughter just before the gruesome killings. “Kaylee was at home talking about her car and was pretty excited,” he said.
The young woman, who was due to graduate in December, had just bought a Range Rover which was seen being towed from the King Road crime scene along with four other cars in snow on Tuesday night.
Police said the vehicles were being stored and being processed for evidence. Kaylee, from Rathdrum, Idaho, had secured a job in marketing in Austin, Texas and was planning to move there after graduation.
More than two weeks have passed since the quadruple murders, and police said they were not focused on a suspect or motive.
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“I don’t deserve to grieve the way I want to grieve,” Goncalves said. “I want to be able to have justice first.”
Goncalves plans to speak at a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night.
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