Roommate who survived University of Idaho murders gets tattoo as tribute to victims

The surviving roommate of the four University of Idaho murder victims has gotten a tattoo in their honor.

As tributes continue for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen more than ten days after they were stabbed to death, their roommate chose to immortalize their legacy on her skin. The sun References.

On Tuesday, the survivor posted a photo of her ink with angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings resemble a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.

The independent chose not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation. Authorities reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings 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 featured photos of her with the recently posted victims, captioned with tributes.

“Maddie Kaylee Xana Ethan —MKXE— Love You Always and Forever,” she captioned the photo of the tattoo, in which another person with the same art — it’s unclear if she’s the second surviving housemate — also appeared.

The survivor posted a photo of her ink with angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO


Meanwhile, the other student who shared the off-campus rental home in Moscow with the victims also left a loving message in a post made by Kernodle’s sister, Jazzmin Kernodle, on Instagram.

“Xana was truly one of a kind and such a gift to this world. She will be missed so much. He was loved by all and will never be forgotten,” the woman, whose name The independent also chose to withhold, he wrote last week.

Moscow police said the two roommates were at the residence when the murders occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. of November 13. They said at a press conference last week that the women were probably sleeping after arriving home around 1am.

It is believed the victims arrived home later that night but before 2am.

Kernodle and Chapin had attended a party on campus at his fraternity, while Mogen and Goncalves were at a local bar before visiting a food truck and allegedly ordering a taxi home.

The other student who shared the rented off-campus house in Moscow with the victims also left a loving message in a post made by Kernodle’s sister


Madison Mogen, 21 (top left), Kaylee Goncalves, 21 (bottom left), Ethan Chapin, 20 (center) and Xana Kernodle, 20 (right)


The “private party” that drove them home has been ruled out as a suspect, police said.

Mogen and Goncalves made seven phone calls to Goncalves’ ex-partner shortly before they died. Police said Sunday that the man is not considered a suspect, and Goncalves’ family have expressed their support for him, saying they “100% stand behind him. [him.]”

On Wednesday, authorities held a press conference with virtually no update, but noted that more than 1,000 tips have been received and 190 interviews have been conducted.

Moscow police said thousands of photographs were taken from the crime scene and DNA was also collected. Capt. Roger Lanier said the department believes the attack was targeted, but would not release information about why they believe so.

“You have to trust it at this point because we’re not going to reveal why we believe that,” he said.

The FBI, Idaho State Police and the Moscow Police Department have allocated $1 million to the case and have assigned more than 130 officers and agents and some behavioral analysts to work on it.

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