University of Idaho murder house set to be demolished


The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered in their beds in November 2022 will finally be ripped down.

Demolition of the three-story home on King Road in Moscow will begin on Dec. 28 — more than 13 months after Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found stabbed to death inside.

“It is the grim reminder of the heinous act that took place there,” University of Idaho President Scott Green said in a school-wide memo.

A worker climbs down a ladder after replacing the plywood that covers the upper windows of the house where four University of Idaho students were murdered over a year ago. Kai Eiselein
A makeshift memorial is seen in front of a University of Idaho wall for the four students who were killed. Kevin C. Downs for NY Post

“While we appreciate the emotional connection some family members of the victims may have to this house, it is time for its removal and to allow the collective healing of our community to continue.”

The house had been slated for demolition since early 2023 after the owner of the home donated it to the university.

Officials were reluctant to set a destruction date as accused quadruple killer Bryan Kohberger heads to trial over the murders, but ultimately settled on leveling it over winter break “to decrease further impact on the students who live in that area” — despite a court date for Kohberger not yet being set.

The four University of Idaho students who were found dead in off-campus housing were Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.

The former criminology student was arrested weeks after the Nov. 13, 2022 slayings after he allegedly left DNA on a knife sheath found by cops at the crime scene.

Kernodle, Mogen and Goncalves had all lived in the home with two other roommates, both of whom were on the first floor at the time of the stabbings but survived.

Kohberger’s defense team was given a final opportunity to comb through the property for evidence, including photographs, measurements and drone footage, the week before the demolition was set to begin.

Bryan Kohberger was accused of killing the University of Idaho students in November 2022 after he allegedly left DNA on a knife sheath found by cops at the crime scene. AP
Bryan Kohberger looks toward his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latah County District Court on Jan. 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. AP

The bulldozing is also moving ahead despite the victims’ families’ pleas to preserve the rental home until after Kohberger’s trial ends.

“The home itself has enormous evidentiary value as well as being the largest, and one of the most important, pieces of evidence in the case,” Shanon Gray, an attorney for the Goncalves family, said in July.

Gray told The Post that the families would release a statement on the official demolition date on Friday.

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