Family members of Kaylee Goncalves, one of the victims in the Idaho college murders, say they are preparing to face accused killer Bryan Kohberger in court next month.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Friday, Goncalves’ mother, Kristi, said despite the uncertainty about what evidence will emerge from the preliminary hearing on June 26, the family is committed to ensuring justice.
“I think a big thing is for us to go in strong, united as a family,” Kristi told GMA. “I’ve never been to a preliminary trial before . . . I have no idea what to expect, I have no idea what we’re going to hear . . . But I know that I’ve got my son, and my daughter will be there, and my sister and my husband.”
Prosecutors allege that Kohberger, 28, fatally stabbed Goncalves, 21, and three friends – Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20 – inside a house near the University of Idaho campus in the early morning hours of November 13, 2022. He faces four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.
At the time of the slayings, Kohberger was a Ph.D. student at Washington State University, about a 15-minute drive from the University of Idaho.
Goncalves’ father, Steve, added that he is interested in knowing more about the evidence that investigators have collected.
“And then I’m gonna bring it,” Steve told GMA. “And he’s gonna realize that this . . . is the family that’s gonna make sure he doesn’t get away with it.”
On Saturday, the University of Idaho will honor the four victims and award them posthumous degrees during the school’s graduation ceremony, according to Fox News.
Mogen will receive a bachelor’s degree in marketing and Goncalves will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in general studies. Kernodle will receive a certificate in marketing, while Chapin will receive a certificate in recreation, sport, and tourism management.
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[Feature Photo: Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (left)Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle;/Instagram]