Mother of University of Idaho murder victim reveals last messages she sent hours before tragic killing
The mother of Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho victims fatally stabbed last week, revealed that his daughter had sent him photos just hours before his murder last Sunday morning.
“She sent me some pictures of her and Maddie and it was Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m.,” Kristi Goncalves, Kaylee’s mother, told Fox News. “Lawrence Jones Cross Country” Saturday night.
Kaylee and her University of Idaho roommates Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were fatally stabbed as they slept last Sunday morning between 3 and 4 a.m. in Moscow, Idaho, according to authorities.
Kaylee’s mother said she spoke to her daughter on the phone the same day and the two were planning their birthday for the week ahead.
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“Kaylee called me on Saturday, my birthday was earlier in the week,” Kristi Goncalves added.
“And he said, ‘Mom, I’ll be home on Tuesday, and I’ll take you to lunch, lunch, and dinner, and it’s all up to me, and we’ll celebrate your birthday.'”
The mother told Fox News’ Lawrence Jones that she was excited to celebrate her birthday with her daughter by going out to eat, recalling her telling her daughter, “that sounds good Kaylee and, and I’ll see you on Tuesday, Honey.”
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Local police work with other law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, to investigate the brutal murders. Kaylee’s parents said during the Fox News interview that the investigation will take time due to the amount of evidence police have gathered at the crime scene.
The killer “made a mess. And there’s a mess out there. And they’re going to have to go through it step by step and it’s going to take a long time. That’s why they contacted other facilities to help them with this lab to work,” Kaylee’s father, Steve Goncalves, told Fox News’ Lawrence Jones.
Mogen and Goncalves were seen in a food truck shortly before their deaths and were later driven home by a “private party”, according to police. Authorities initially said the two young women were taken home by a ride-sharing service, but have since corrected that information.
Police said on Saturday they investigated the driver who took Mogen and Goncalves home, but “do not believe he was involved in this crime.”
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Two other roommates were in the King Road house during the murders but are not considered suspects in the case, authorities said.
Moscow police provided updates on the case on Saturday evening and said a 911 call was made at 11:58 a.m. Sunday from the cellphones of “one of the roommates.”
Head of the Moscow Police Department James Fry said there were no signs of a break-in when police arrived at the scene last Sunday.
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Additionally, Goncalves called a man named Jack seven times before they died, “Inside Edition” reported, citing Goncalves’ sister, Alivea Goncalves.
“At 2:26 a.m. Kaylee starts calling Jack,” Aliea Goncalves told the outlet. “Kaylee calls Jack six times between 2:26 a.m. and 2:44 a.m. From 2:44 a.m. to 2:52 a.m., Maddie calls Jack three times, then Kaylee makes a final call at 2:52 a.m..”
Officials said they were “aware” of the phone calls and it was part of the investigation.
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Goncalves’ parents said during their Fox News interview on Saturday night that their daughter’s ex-boyfriend Jack is innocent in the matter and they have their full backing for him as he also mourns Kaylee’s death. .
“They’re wasting their time with Jack,” Kristi Goncalves told Jones. “And Jack is as devastated as we are. Jack is our family. Jack is 1000%. 2000% our family, and Jack is with us, and we support him 100%.”
“We support him, and we know in our hearts, our minds, our souls and the depths of our soul, Jack is hurting,” she continued. “Kaylee and Jack would have ended up getting married. They would have ended up getting married, and they would have ended up having kids.”
Kristi Goncalves said Kaylee and Jack dated for years, but were on a relationship hiatus.
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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Moscow police on 208-883-7054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes, Rebecca Rosenberg and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.