Family of Idaho stabbings suspect expresses support for him, sympathy for victims


The parents and sister of Brian Coberger, who is charged with killing four University of Idaho students in November, expressed their support for him and the victims in their first public statement since Coberger’s arrest on Sunday. expressed sympathy.

In a statement released by Monroe County, Pennsylvania, public defender Jason Laver, parents Michael and Marianne Coberger and sister Amanda said, “As a family, we love and support our son and brother. “We are cooperating fully with law enforcement to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence.”

“First and foremost, our deepest care goes to the four families who lost their precious children,” Koberger’s family also said in a statement. “We pray for them every day.”

Koberger, 28, plans to allow himself to be extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho and face charges against him, Mr. Lover said Saturday after speaking with Mr. Koberger in Washington. told the post.

“He is willing to give up [his right to an extradition hearing] Because he looks forward to his acquittal. That was his word,” said LaBar.

Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of robbery.

Police announced Friday the arrest of Coberger, a Washington State University doctoral student, in Pennsylvania.

Prior to his arrest, Koberger was staying at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, eastern Pennsylvania, Lover told the Post on Sunday. His father drove home in mid-December from the eastern Washington town of Pullman, where he was stationed at WSU.

According to LaBar, the two drove across the country in a white Hyundai Elantra. Police say a similar model of car was seen near the crime scene in early December and one was seized when Coberger was arrested.

Koberger’s mother and father said there was “nothing out of the ordinary” about Koberger’s behavior during the road trip and at home.

Kohberger’s arrest comes after a weeks-long investigation into the stabbing deaths of 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, and 21-year-old Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.

Their deaths in their off-campus home in the early morning hours of November 13 shocked the small city of Moscow, Idaho, and the country. Authorities, including the FBI, solicited information from the public over the next seven weeks before announcing Coberger’s arrest, providing little update.

Few other details of the incident have been made public. Idaho law prohibits the release of probable affidavits until Mr. Koberger appears in court, according to local officials.

If Koberger follows through on his plan not to fight extradition, he will speed up his transfer to Idaho and ask what the police believe happened on the night of the stabbing, how to deal with Koberger. likely to release additional information that could reveal or identify the suspect.

“The sealed court documents will only be released after Coberger’s appearance in an Idaho courtroom. Anthony Darlinger, a spokesman for the Moscow Police Department, told the Post by email on Saturday.

Coberger, a Pennsylvania native, had just completed the first semester of the WSU’s criminal justice doctoral program, school officials said in an email Friday. He received his master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University in the Valley of Pennsylvania Center in June.

Koberger’s university offices and apartment in Pullman, about a 15-minute drive from Moscow, were raided Friday by Idaho officials, WSU officials said.

Justine McDaniel contributed to this report.

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