Police investigating the killings of 4 University of Idaho students say they've gotten more emergency calls in the 2 weeks since the attack than they did throughout all of October

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Police investigating the killings of 4 University of Idaho students say they've gotten more emergency calls in the 2 weeks since the attack than they did throughout all of October
Two people place flowers at a growing memorial in front of a campus entrance sign for the University of Idaho, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho.AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
  • Investigators in the killings of four Idaho college students have been flooded with emergency calls.
  • They've gotten more calls this month for "unusual circumstances" and welfare checks than in October.
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Police investigating the horrific killings of four University of Idaho students say they have been flooded with emergency calls since the attack earlier this month.

In the two weeks since the November 13 killings in the small city of Moscow, Idaho, the Moscow Police Department has gotten more calls for "unusual circumstances" and requests to check on loved ones than it did for the entire month of October.

"We understand there is a sense of fear within our community," the department said Sunday, as authorities had still not identified a suspect in connection with the stabbing deaths.

Since the killings, the department has received 78 calls for "unusual circumstances" and 36 requests for police to do a welfare check on loved ones — up from the 70 and 18 calls, respectively, that police got for all October.

"As officers respond to these incidents, they find that concerned parties call friends and family before notifying the police," the department said, adding that 911 should be called first in an emergency.

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The city of Moscow has been on edge since the killings of the 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.

In the early-morning hours of November 13, the four friends and University of Idaho students were stabbed to death — likely while they were asleep, a local coroner said — inside an off-campus home near the college.

Investigators have repeatedly described the attack as "targeted," though they have not made any arrests or identified a suspect.

Local and state police, along with the FBI, are continuing to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, community members have uploaded more than 488 digital-media submissions to an FBI link in which the feds are seeking information about the killings, Moscow police said Sunday.

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