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Demolition begins: Site of ‘worst crime scene’ witnessed by police torn down



The horrors of November 13, 2022, linger as the University of Idaho initiated the demolition of the residence marked by a gruesome crime. The dwelling witnessed the tragic murder of four students, an incident so horrifying that law enforcement labeled it the most harrowing crime scene they’d ever encountered.

The night of the tragedy saw Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, returning from a night out, only to meet a tragic end. The brutal murders, involving an ‘edged weapon,’ left a chilling aftermath, with Madison and Kaylee discovered on the second floor, while Xana and Ethan were found together on the third.

A month later, Bryan Kohberger, a criminology PhD student, faced arrest under suspicion of the murders and now awaits trial with charges of first-degree murder and felony burglary. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty for his alleged crimes, with the trial scheduled for summer 2024.

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The property at 1122 King Road, the haunting scene of this tragedy, has met its fate with demolition underway, marking 13 months since the horrific incident. The university’s decision to raze the site was accompanied by controversy, with families, including Kaylee Goncalves’, protesting the demolition. They advocated for preserving the house as an evidentiary reference for jurors during the trial, emphasizing its role in helping the surviving roommates recount the night’s events.

However, legal experts cautioned against using the crime scene for trial purposes, citing the impracticality of presenting a scene intact after significant time has passed.

Amidst the demolition, plans for a memorial garden on the university campus aim to honor the memory of the four victims, a gesture to commemorate lives lost tragically.


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