The family of the suspected Idaho quadruple murderer has said it will stand by him, adding: ‘We will love and support our son and brother’.
Bryan Kohberger’s family addressed the charges, shared condolences to the victims families and asked for people to refrain from judgement.
Kohberger, who has been called a ‘black sheep’ among his peers, was arrested Friday in his home state of Pennsylvania.
‘We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother,’ the family said.
Bryan Kohlberger, 28, the suspect in the University of Idaho murders, was allegedly stalking his victims for weeks and wore gloves after the killings according to a source
Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin were killed on November 13
‘First and foremost, we care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children.
‘There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them,’ the statement, obtained by TMZ, read in part.
‘We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions,’ the family continued.
Kohberger’s family asked for privacy during this time as they cooperate with law enforcement to get to the bottom of the case.
‘We respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process,’ the family said.
The statement comes just days after the Washington State University criminology student was arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the first degree, as well as felony burglary.
Law enforcement officials believe Kohberger had been stalking the victims in the weeks leading up to the November 13 slayings.
The murders left the families of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin devastated and without their loved ones just weeks ahead of the holidays.
Kohberger was allegedly stalking his victims for weeks
Police, who were tracking him as he fled to Pennsylvania, witnessed him appearing to try and avoid leaving any more DNA or fingerprints behind by taking protective measures in public
In addition to stalking the young students and being careful to not leave evidence at the scene, sources say the man wore gloves for weeks after the murders to not distribute DNA.
‘He’s not stupid and has been very careful,’ a source said.
Kohberger was eventually arrested in Scranton on December 30 after police allegedly witnessed him wearing protective gear in public.
‘A good friend of ours was one of the cops who has been following him the last couple days he,’ the anonymous source explained.
The university where he worked was only a little over eight miles from the murder scene
After the murders, law enforcement officers believe Kohberger first returned to teaching at the Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, less than 10 miles from the crime scene.
The man then made the 2,000 mile drive from Idaho to Pennsylvania in order to hide out at his parent’s Poconos home.
Police tracked him during the road trip, according to officials.
The source say Kohberger’s cell phone locations from the weeks leading up to the murder also matched up with the locations of the victims’ phones.
‘Not sure if they ever interacted – but his cell phone pings followed their every move for weeks,’ the source said.
Kohberger allegedly returned to Washington State University after the murders before making the 2,000 mile drive to Pennsylvania to hide out at his parents’ home
Kohberger was allegedly stalking the students in the weeks leading up to the murders. Pictured is the home where the murders took place, just over eight miles from where he worked as a PhD student and teaching assistant
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said on Friday that officers had searched Kohlberger’s office
According to students in his class, Kohberger acted as if nothing had happened after the killings took place.
An online directory for Washington State University shows Kohberger worked as a teaching assistant for the university’s criminal justice and criminology program and was a PhD student.
Peers and students said they felt uncomfortable around the man but always just believed he was an awkward person.
‘He was a little off, but I always thought it was because he was awkward and wanted to fit in,’ said Bill Norton a student in the same program.
Ben Roberts, a criminology student, told the Fox Seattle that Kohberger was ‘confident’ and ‘outgoing’ but still appeared as if ‘he was always looking for a way to fit in.’
Speaking about the horrific allegations against Kohberger, Roberts said, ‘It’s pretty out of left field. I had honestly just pegged him as being super awkward.’
Police said they received a call about an ‘unconscious person’ just before noon that day, when a friend thought at least one of the victims had passed out and would not wake up
Cops now believe Kohberger had been stalking the victims leading up to their murders, according to one source
Before moving to Washington to pursue his PhD, Kohberger attended DeSales in Pennsylvania.
One bar owner in the area claims while he was there, Kohberger would make rude and creepy comments toward women.
Jordan Serulneck, 34, with the Seven Sire Brewing Company said the man would ‘have two or three beers and then just get a little too comfortable.’
Serulneck also said Kohberger once called a staffer a ‘b**ch’ for refusing his advances.
‘He was a little off, but I always thought it was because he was awkward and wanted to fit in,’ said Bill Norton, a student at Washington State University
Maddie and Kaylee were two of the victims killed in the Idaho slayings
On Friday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry confirmed that the suspect was a resident of Washington State University at the time of his arrest.
Fry said that officials at the school’s Pullam campus where he worked were cooperative in allowing investigators to execute a search warrant at his office and his on-campus apartment.
The WSU Pullman campus and WSU provost Elizabeth Chilton said in a statement, ‘On behalf of the WSU Pullman community, I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of the law enforcement agencies that have been working tirelessly to solve this crime.’
Chilton continued, ‘This horrific act has shaken everyone in the Palouse region.’
The Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry confirmed Friday the suspect had been arrested in the murder of the four students
The arrest after nearly two months of nonstop investigating from law enforcement
The Moscow Police Department continues to encourage anyone to come forward with information. Officials say they are ‘still putting pieces together.’
The police chief could not reveal much about the case as of Saturday, as Idaho state law prohibits officers from releasing information until the criminology student has made his first court appearance in Idaho.
He did, however, say it was ‘disappointing’ to learn that the alleged murderer was studying criminology, as this is ‘not something we want in our profession.’
‘We hold ourselves to a higher standard, we hold ourselves to an ethical standard,’ he told Fox News. ‘But we can’t pick and choose what people study.’
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