University of Idaho homicides roommates

Left to right are Dylan Mortensen, Madison Mogen (top), Kaylee Goncalves (bottom), Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Bethany Funke in a photo from Kaylee Goncalves’ Instagram posted Nov. 12. A suspect has been charged with murder in the Nov. 13 stabbing deaths of four of the students.

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From the moment the Vandal Alert went out four weeks ago telling the University of Idaho community four students had been killed, rumors began swirling.

They didn’t stop when the brutality of the crimes became clearer. They didn’t stop when investigators discouraged spreading lies and speculation. They didn’t stop when victims’ families begged for people to wait for the facts.

Originally published in the Spokesman-Review.

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