New details about student deaths in Idaho, but police are looking for more

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  • Authorities look for more leads in deadly student stabbing in Idaho.
  • Two other housemates who were unharmed could be “key” in the investigation, authorities say.
  • The victim’s father said his daughter probably fought with the killer during the stabbing: “She’s a tough kid.”

The murder investigation into four University of Idaho students believed to have been stabbed to death while sleeping in their beds has left residents upset and authorities are scrambling to unravel a mystery that is gaining attention across the country.

Sunday’s crime reverberated through the university city of Moscow, a city of about 26,000 near the border between Idaho and Washington. There has been no murder in Moscow for five years.

The victims were stabbed to death in their beds and likely asleep, Latah County coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation. Mabbutt would later tell CNN that she saw “a lot of blood on the wall” when she arrived at the scene.

“It must make someone pretty angry to stab four people to death,” Mabbutt told the cable news channel. The victims were stabbed in the chest and upper body, she said.