The surviving roommate of the four University of Idaho murder victims got a tattoo in their honor.
While tributes for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen continue to pour in more than 10 days after they were stabbed, their roommate has chosen to immortalize their legacy on her skin. The sun reports.
On Tuesday, the survivor posted a picture of her ink with angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo that Mogen also had on her arm.
The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation. Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving housemates are not suspects in the brutal stabbing and are not necessarily witnesses to the crime.
Mogen and the woman were both members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her VSCO profile also included recently posted pictures of her with the victims, each with a tribute caption.
“Maddie Kaylee Xana Ethan – MKXE – Love You Always and Forever,” she captioned the image of the tattoo, which also featured another person with the same art – it’s unclear if it’s the second surviving housemate.
Meanwhile, the other student who shared the off-campus rental apartment in Moscow with the victims also left a loving message in a post by Kernodle’s sister, Jazzmin Kernodle, on Instagram.
“Xana was truly one of a kind and such a gift into this world. She will be missed so much. She was loved by everyone and will never be forgotten,” said the woman, whose name The Independent has also decided to hold back, wrote last week.
According to Moscow police, the two roommates were in the apartment when the killings took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on November 13. They said at a press conference last week that the women were probably asleep after arriving home around 1am.
The victims are believed to have arrived home later that night but before 2am.
Kernodle and Chapin had attended a party at his sorority campus while Mogen and Goncalves were at a local bar before visiting a food truck and reportedly hailing a taxi home.
The “private individual” who drove her home has been ruled out as a suspect, police said.
Mogen and Goncalves made seven calls to Goncalves’ ex-partner shortly before her death. Police said on Sunday the man is not considered a suspect and Goncalves’ family have expressed their support for him, saying they “stand behind him 100 per cent.” [him.]”
On Wednesday, authorities gave a press conference with virtually no updates, but noted that more than 1,000 tips had been received and 190 interviews had been conducted.
Moscow police said thousands of pictures were taken of the crime scene and DNA was also collected. Captain Roger Lanier said the department believes the attack was targeted but will not release information as to why they believe that.
“You have to rely on that at this point because we’re not going to publish why we think that,” he said.
The FBI, Idaho State Police and Moscow Police Department have allocated $1 million to the case and assigned more than 130 officers and agents, as well as some behavior analysts, to work on it.