University of Idaho murder victim’s family announces tribute scholarship fund

Loved ones of one of the four murdered University of Idaho students killed last month have unveiled plans for a scholarship fund in her honor.

In a statement to The independent On Friday, Xana Kernodle’s family said they decided to start a memorial in partnership with the University of Idaho to keep her legacy alive.

Kernodle, her roommates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin were killed inside the young women’s off-campus rental house in Moscow on Nov. 13. A month after the brutal stabbings, the killer remains at large.

“We are asking anyone willing and able to donate any amount they feel comfortable. Please know that no donation is too small,” the family said. “Thank you in advance from the bottom of our hearts.

“At the very least, we hope to create some good out of such a terrible and heartbreaking situation.”

The Kernodle family said they will match donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000. Those interested in donating are encouraged to call the University of Idaho Foundation at (208) 885-4000.

Checks can also be mailed to the university with “EE854 – Xana Kernodle Scholarship Endowment” on the memo line on the check.

Xana Kernodle’s family said they have decided to start a memorial in partnership with the University of Idaho

(Kernodle family)

Nearly five weeks after the murders rocked the college town of Moscow, families continue to grapple with the loss of loved ones amid a lack of answers about what happened in the early hours of that tragic Sunday morning.

In a news release Thursday, Moscow Police Chief Roger Lanier said investigators are sorting through 22,000 registered 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantras.

Last week, authorities asked for the public’s help in locating a vehicle of this model that was seen near the scene of the quadruple stabbings.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed Nov. 13.


The department said the car’s occupants could have critical information about the stabbings. In the wake of the attack, investigators searched a 24-mile radius for surveillance video related to the crime.

Capt Lanier said earlier this week that police “have a lot of information” that they choose not to release.

“We are not releasing specific details because we do not want to jeopardize this investigation,” he said in a video statement. “We owe it to the families and we owe it to the victims. We want more than just an arrest – we want a conviction.”

Authorities asked anyone with information to submit tips to or [email protected]

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