The father of Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students stabbed to death by alleged killer Bryan Kohberger, has issued her a stark warning ahead of a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 26.
Kohberger was arrested on charges of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony robbery in the attack on Kaylee, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20.
The four students were found stabbed to death in their beds on November 13, 2022, in an off-campus house in the city of Moscow, home of the university.
Kohberger was arrested December 30 at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
The latest development in the case is the release of new documents related to the raid on Kohberger’s apartment near Washington State University, just a short distance from the state border with Moscow, where he was pursuing a doctorate.
A 166-page search report containing details of the seized items was submitted. obtained by The New York Times. These included possible strands of hair, a computer, two stains that may be blood, and other items.
On Friday, Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s father, told ABC News: “I can’t wait to see the evidence… And then I’ll bring it.”
“And he’s going to realize that this… is the family that’s going to make sure he doesn’t get away with it,” she added.
Kaylee’s mother, Kristi Goncalves, said the family had given a lot of thought to whether there was any connection between her daughter and her suspected killer.
“We’ve talked as a family, you know, we’ve done a lot of research on what’s out there… None of it makes sense,” she told ABC News.
Describing her reaction when she first saw Mr. Kohberger at an initial court appearance, she said: “I was completely overwhelmed. In fact, I almost thought I was going to faint.”
“My daughter saw him face to face and in a very different light than we did, sitting there, looking very meek,” he said.
Goncalves has been especially vocal about the search for justice and was frustrated with the initial pace of the investigation.
The family launched a Facebook page for people to send tips and other information.
Ms. Goncalves said it is important that her family be together and strong before the preliminary hearing in June.
“I had never been in a preliminary trial before. … I have no idea what to expect, I have no idea what we are going to hear. … But I know I have my son, and my daughter will be there, and my sister and my husband,” she told ABC News, admitting that she will try to avoid the courtroom during any graphic testimony.
“I’m not going to leave a scar,” Goncalves said. “I have my own visions that, you know, I have to deal with.”
Mr. Goncalves also revealed that members of his family have contacted the two surviving roommates.
“It’s good to make sure that everyone who goes through this has someone there to help them.”
Kohberger has yet to plead guilty, but a former lawyer for Kohberger has said he is “eager to be exonerated.”