Sister of slain Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves says it’s chilling to know ‘real evil was watching’

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The sister of one of the four University of Idaho students who was stabbed to death on November 13 said it has been chilling to learn that suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, appears to have been watching the Moscow home for months before. to the murders.

“We had no idea. She had no idea. She had no idea that the real evil was genuinely watching them,” Alivea Goncalves, 26, the sister of victim Kaylee Goncalves, 21, said in an interview. interview with NewsNation on Sunday.

Reading the probable cause affidavit, which notes that Kohberger’s cell phone was near the scene of the crime «at least twelve times» prior to the date of the murder, has been «the hardest part of this: sitting down and watching in its entirety,» Goncalves said.

«When my sister FaceTimed me about a new egg bites recipe, [Kohberger] she was planning her next visit to the house,» she said. «It’s really hard, it’s really hard, not to wish you had done more and to wish you had known more.»

Goncalves said it was also disturbing to learn from the affidavit that Kohberger, a doctoral student in criminology, allegedly «came home the morning of [the murders]before the police were called, I think to see if their circus, so to speak, had begun to develop.»

Kohberger is accused of killing Kaylee Goncalves; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Wash.; and Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona.

Kohberger made his first court appearance in Idaho on January 5 and faces four counts of first-degree murder, which carry sentences that include life in prison or the death penalty.

Kohberger was ordered held without bail, and his next pretrial hearing was set for January 12.

A private security officer sits in a vehicle on January 3, 2023, in front of the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were murdered in November.  Picture:
A private security officer sits in a vehicle January 3 in front of the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in November. Ted S. Warren/AP

Kaylee Goncalves’s parents, Kristi and Steve, were in court last week. It’s unclear if Alivea was there, but she told NewsNation that she plans to be at «each and every» hearing in the case.

She and her family are «starting» to be able to cry since a suspect is in custody, she said.

«It’s a bit of an odd time to be doing that, since we still have such a long road ahead of us, but the relief we all felt to have a suspect in custody was… it was like I couldn’t describe it, like the weight of the world was taken off our shoulders.

In the NewsNation interview, Goncalves also addressed another key finding of the affidavit: that one of the two roommates who was physically unharmed and survived, Dylan Mortensen, identified as «DM» in the document, «saw a figure dressed in black clothes and a mask» walking past her and leaving the house on the night of the murders while she was in a «frozen shock phase».

Mortensen «locked himself in his bedroom after seeing the man,» and 911 was not called from one of the roommates’ phones until hours later, just before noon, according to the affidavit.

Goncalves said Mortensen should not be blamed for his actions, which independent experts told NBC News are not uncommon in potentially threatening situations.

«I know Dylan is very young and she was probably very, very scared, and until we have more information, I think everyone should stop being judgmental because you don’t know what you would do in that situation,» Goncalves told NewsNation. .

He added that he is forwarding any information he receives about possible connections between Kohberger and the victims to law enforcement.

«A lot of people reached out to Instagram posts or even Spotify or a lot of connections they could find and they’re very valuable, they all go to the Moscow Police Department as well as the Idaho State Police and the FBI because nothing is petty right now. and everything is being reviewed,” he said.

The university has said Kaylee Goncalves was a general studies senior in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and was in Alpha Phi sorority. In a previous interview with NBC’s «TODAY,» Alivea Goncalves called her sister «the best entrepreneur.»

Deon J. hampton, david k li Y safia samee ali contributed.

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