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This July 2022 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin on a boat on Priest Lake, in Idaho. Both students were among four found stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home on Nov. 13. (Jazzmin Kernodle via AP)

Police in Moscow, Idaho, are investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students at an off-campus residence.

Among the four students who were killed was Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale.

On Nov. 13, at 11:58 a.m., officers responded to the residence after a 911 call reported an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered the bodies of Kernodle; Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; and Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, deceased inside the residence. The deaths have been ruled a homicide.

The cell phone used to call 911 belonged to one of the two surviving roommates.

Autopsies were conducted on Nov. 17, which confirmed the identity of the four murdered individuals and their cause and manner of death as homicide by stabbing. The coroner stated that the four victims were likely asleep, and each was stabbed multiple times.

Reports said Kernodle had defensive wounds on her hands. There was no sign of sexual assault.

Moscow police initially called the murders a “targeted attack” and, in addition, there were no signs of forced entry into the residence.

Investigators determined that Kerndole and Chapin, who were dating, were seen at a fraternity party on the University of Idaho campus. At 1:45 a.m., the two were believed to have returned to the residence. It had been previously reported that Chapin resided at the home; however, it has been determined that he was only visiting.

The murders have been a shock to the city of Moscow. The 25,000-person population city hasn’t had a recorded murder since 2015, according to state records.

The Kernodle family did not respond in a request for an interview.

A GoFundMe has been started to assist the Kernodles in their time of grieving and can be found at gofundme.com/f/xana-kernodle.