A Christmas tree is lit in honor of the students who died in Idaho

On Thursday night, the Moscow community lit a Christmas tree in honor of four slain University of Idaho students.

The event was held to honor the lives of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Hana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, who were killed Nov. 13 in Friendship Square.

Residents were asked to exchange messages and place yellow roses on the Winter Wonderland Tree, It was reported by Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Roger Rowley, head of Moscow Modern, said the downtown art gallery partnered with the city to supply materials needed for the event.

Local businessman Dan Brown shared the message he left.

“To the families of Kaylee, Madison, Hana and Ethan, we grieve with you,” she wrote. “We pray that you find peace in these difficult times. I hope our tree honors your loved ones and their memory,” said Brown, father of a recent University of Idaho graduate.

The Moscow community gathered at Friendship Square to honor 21-year-old Kylie Goncalves, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Hana Kernodle and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Ethan Chapin.
James Keivom
A memorial to the murdered students
Residents were asked to leave messages and yellow roses at the event.
James Keivom

Brown also owns Breezy Trees Farm, which donated the holiday tree.

He expressed hope that the killer would be found soon, so that “peace and tranquility can return to the area,” reports the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

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Annual parade in Moscow, Idaho

The community came together to honor four University of Idaho students.

Santa while the tree is burning

Fallen students were honored at the annual Light Up the Season parade.

Decorations to honor the students killed

Dan Brown, owner of Breezy Trees Farm, who donated the tree, also left a message.

Christmas decorations in honor of Kylie Goncalves

A Christmas ornament honoring Kylie Goncalves was added to the tree.

Almost a month after the brutal stabbings, police have yet to name a suspect or even release a possible profile of the killer.

The murder weapon, believed to be a large knife, has not been found.

Police Chief James Fry became teary-eyed Monday as he said investigators were still sifting through a lot of evidence.

“This work is not cold. We have some tips. We have detectives interviewing people every day. We are still reviewing the evidence. We’re still looking at all aspects of that.” Fry told Fox News.


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