Accused Idaho Killer Was Addicted to Heroin, Former Acquaintance Says

A man who allegedly knew and spent time with accused Idaho murderer Bryan Kohberger says he did drugs with the quadruple homicide suspect, Fox News reports.

Rich Pasqua, a guest Saturday on Fox’s “Cross Country,” told host Lawrence Jones that he worked with Kohberger in a pizza restaurant and that they both were heroin addicts.

“I met him through some friends and they told me that he was a little weird and he was a little socially awkward, I guess you could say, but he wasn’t a bad guy,” Pasqua told Fox News. “He needed a job, so I worked at a pizza shop at that time and they were hiring and I said, ‘Yeah, come on in and apply.’ And he did, and he got the job. So I worked with him for a little bit, but he was quiet, though.”

Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary in connection with the deaths of University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Maddie Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were found stabbed to death inside an off-campus residence on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho.

Kohberger, 28, is a first-year Ph.D. student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, in the school’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Pullman is located about 9 miles across the Washington-Idaho border from Moscow.

Authorities arrested Kohberger on December 30 at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, more than 2,000 miles from the crime scene. He was flown back to Idaho this past week.

According to Fox News, Pasqua called Kohberger an “average guy” and said that his wife went to school with him. Pasqua also described Kohberger’s parents, who worked for the local school system, as kind people.

“I don’t remember him ever having a girlfriend and he didn’t have many friends,” Pasqua told Fox News. ”

So he, like, would do anything to fit in and would do, like, you know, he just wanted to be liked by everybody. But he wasn’t a bad kid, like, you know, he was alright. And I knew his sister. I went to school with his sister and I knew his father worked for the school. And I believe his mother did, too.”

But his family, they were just, they were all nice people. And, you know, his dad was always really nice to me. Very polite, but, I just — I never thought that he would do something like that.”

Notably, Pasqua alleged that both he and Kohberger were addicted to heroin at one point. Pasqua claims that he knows people who frequently delivered drugs to Kohberger.

“I got six years clean now,” Pasqua told Fox News. “I work in treatment and everything, but back then I was using. And so that’s how I know for a fact he was using. I’ve got high with him a couple of times and used with him.”

Pasqua alleged that Kohberger was also “in and out of rehab a couple of times,” according to Fox News.

Kohberger remains in custody in Idaho. He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 12.

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