The Goncalves family has finally experienced some relief following the apprehension of Christian Kohberger, the suspect in the murder of their beloved daughter Kaylee Goncalves.
Completing a lengthy and challenging investigation into the crime, which encompassed days of intense emotion and grief lasting seven weeks, the family lawyer was overjoyed that this phase of the legal process had concluded.
Steve and Kristi Goncalves can now focus on attaining justice in this tragic case with a determined mindset. Despite still grieving the loss of their daughter, they find solace in the knowledge that they are progressing towards finding closure.
The family will have the opportunity to confront the person responsible when Kohberger appears in a court in Moscow, Idaho, following his extradition from Pennsylvania.
Statement from Kaylee’s Father
As the Pennsylvania man suspected of the murders eventually appeared in their courthouse, the father of Kaylee Goncalves, one of the victims, spoke out as detectives prepared to return quadruple-murder suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger to Idaho from Pennsylvania, where he was detained
“I want him to be sick of seeing us and sick of knowing that these people won’t let it go,” Steve Goncalves said in an interview. “You know, it’s a battle of wills, and we’ll see who wins.”
Prior to Kohberger’s arrest, he claimed to be unaware of the nearby Washington State University where he was a Ph.D. candidate.
When asked if Kohberger had any connections to the victims, Shannon Gray, Goncalves’ attorney, stated, “We’re collecting as much information as possible to aid the investigation. There is still a lot of evidence yet to be uncovered,” Goncalves remarked.
In a recent interview, Steve Goncalves, the father of Kaylee Goncalves who was fatally stabbed in her off-campus apartment close to the University of Idaho last month, was questioned about his daughter’s acquaintance with Kohberger.
Goncalves commented, “I may be biased, but if he did get to know my daughter, I would find it hard to believe that he could harm her. I think deep down we all felt that this was someone who never got the chance to meet her, chat with her, and get to know her because she was a very likable person and never had a mean bone in her body”.
The Goncalves family is actively investigating any potential connections between their daughter and Kohberger.
Kohberger Accused in the Murder Case
Last week, a suspect was apprehended in Pennsylvania in connection with the tragic University of Idaho murders. The suspect, Kohberger, faces charges of first-degree murder and burglary.
The Kohberger family has openly supported the investigation and shown tremendous support throughout this challenging period. This tragedy has deeply affected the University of Idaho and the entire region as they mourn those unfairly lost.
“Let the legal process unfold and as a family, we will love and support our son and brother,” part of the statement read.
Idaho authorities anticipate Kohberger’s arrival to face four charges of first-degree murder and burglary. His extradition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, and according to his public lawyer, he will likely return to Idaho by the same evening.
DNA evidence played a crucial role in linking him to the murders. Furthermore, the affidavit containing details of his arrest remains confidential and will be revealed in court upon his arrival in Idaho.
In anticipation of forthcoming developments and since Kohberger’s future lies within U.S. jurisdiction, it was important to establish who would act as his advocate in Idaho, which currently only points to his extradition lawyer – LaBar.
Information After Arrest
Stephen Kohberger, previously enrolled at DeSales University and Washington State University, captured national attention upon his arrest in December.
Following his arrest, minimal information has been made public, aside from his studies in criminology and attainment of multiple degrees, including a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University and enrollment in Washington State University’s criminology Ph.D. program.
Mr. LaBar, Kohberger’s attorney, expressed his client’s eagerness to be acquitted of the charges and his desire for a swift resolution.
Consequently, Kohberger intends to waive his extradition hearing to expedite his return to Idaho and commence legal proceedings without delay.