Four University of Idaho students were slain in their beds while they slept: What we know

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  • Authorities looking for more leads in fatal stabbing of Idaho college students.
  • Two other roommates unharmed could be ‘key’ to investigation, authorities say.
  • Victim’s father said his daughter likely fought with killer during 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 rattled and authorities trying to unravel a mystery that’s getting increasing attention across the country.

Sunday’s crime has reverberated through the college town of Moscow, a city of about 26,000 people near the Idaho-Washington State border. Moscow hasn’t had a murder in about five years. 

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

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

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