The parents of Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves spoke out and maintained the innocence of their daughter’s ex-boyfriend after it was revealed that she had approached him many times on the night of the quadruple murder.
Steve and Kristi Goncalves joined Lawrence Jones on “Lawrence Jones Cross Country” Saturday night to discuss why they believe officials are “wasting their time” investigating Jack, Kaylee’s ex-boyfriend, after she and her roommates were murdered in the small town Moscow.
“They’re wasting their time with Jack,” Kristi told Jones. “And Jack is as distraught as we are. Jack is our family. Jack is 1000%. 2000% our family, and Jack is with us, and we’re behind him 100%.”
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“We support him, and we know in our hearts and our minds and our souls and the depths of our souls, Jack is hurt,” she continued. “Kaylee and Jack would have gotten married eventually. They would have gotten married eventually and they would have had kids eventually.”
Kristi explained that Kaylee and Jack had been dating for years, and said the pair were on their way to getting back together after being apart for some time.
Kaylee and her roommate reportedly called Jack seven times shortly before 3 a.m. Investigators have said the students were likely stabbed to death while sleeping early Sunday morning between 3 and 4 a.m. at a home in Moscow, Idaho, on the college campussaid the police.
Two other housemates from the King Road residence were in the house when the attacks took place, but they are not considered suspects in the incident.
Kaylee’s parents were adamant in Jack’s innocence in the case, saying the correspondence was nothing out of the ordinary.
“We love Jack, absolutely love Jack,” Kristi said. “We stand behind Jack 1000%.”
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Kaylee and her roommates, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were brutally stabbed to death a week ago and many questions remain unanswered.
Madison “Maddie” was like family to the Goncalves, who said they considered her another daughter.
“Maddie was at our oldest daughter’s wedding,” Kristi said. “She said, ‘All my sisters are my bridesmaids,’ and Maddie was one of those bridesmaids. And they were all Olivia’s sisters, including Maddie.”
“Every time we traveled out of the country or went on vacation, Maddie came with us, so these are both of our girls, and we will never stop looking for who killed them,” she continued.
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Officials have confirmed that there appear to be no signs of a break-in at the students’ home as they continue to search for clues.
They have not yet named any potential suspects or people of interest in connection with the brutal killings.
Despite the tragedy, Kaylee’s father noted the overwhelming support of his local community following their deaths.
“Everyone is in pain, everyone is feeling the pain of this,” Steve said. “The only glimmer of it all is that I never realized how beautiful my community is and how much love there is for people. We only have one bad person and we have to find that man.”