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University of Idaho murders were 'personal,' autopsies of students suggest

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found Sunday morning having been butchered to death. No arrests have been made in relation to the event.

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Autopsies performed on the four murdered University of Idaho students on Thursday have revealed some more details about the brutal killings, including a suggestion that the murder was "personal."

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found Sunday morning having been butchered to death. No arrests have been made in relation to the event.



Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed to CBS News to that the victims were stabbed to death, and that the murder weapon, which has still yet to be found, "would have had to be a large knife."

It was revealed the day before that Idaho police were on the hunt for a "Rambo"-style knife.

A CBS report cited Mabbutt as describing the attacks as "personal," adding that some of the wounds were defensive, though it is unclear who attacked first.



There were no signs of sexual assault and each victim was stabbed more than once, she told KXLY. She added that she has never handles such a horrific case in all of her 16 years on the job, describing the murder scene as containing a "fair amount of blood."

Photographs released on Wednesday showed blood oozing out of the side of the house, seeming to confirm investigators' descriptions that the crime was among the most gruesome they have ever seen and that there was "blood everywhere."

Jeffrey Kernodle, the father of one of the victims, told Arizona’s Family that he believes the autopsies show that his daughter was a strong-willed woman who fought her killer to the very end. 

"Bruises, torn by the knife. She’s a tough kid. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it," the devastated father said.

According to state records, the college town of approximately 24,000 people hasn't seen a single murder since 2015.

 
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