Idaho College Murders: Dad of slain student says she had a stalker

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.


A shared photo showing the crime scene and victims including University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Angela Palermo/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

“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.

The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on November 13.

The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on November 13.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

“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.

The victims of the November 13 University of Idaho massacre.

The victims of the November 13 University of Idaho massacre.
(Instagram @xanakernodle / @maddiemogen / @kayleegoncalves)

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.


“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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