Father of Idaho murder victim calls for the death penalty

The Washington Examiner reports that the father of one of the victims of the Idaho student murders appeared to recently call for those responsible to face the death penalty. 

The father who did so is Steve Goncalves, the father of Kaylee Goncalves, 21.


Goncalves is one of the four University of Idaho students who were murdered on Nov. 13. The other three are Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.

The police have recently identified 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger as the prime suspect in the murders.

Kohberger, a Ph. D student in criminology at the University of Washington – located a short distance from where the murders took place – has been arrested, although, he has said that he expects to be “exonerated.”

DNA evidence appears to have been crucial in linking Kohberger to the crimes. But, there appear to be other links as well, such as the fact that Kohberger drove a similar car to one in the area on the night of the murders and the fact that Kohberger’s cell phone pinged in the area.

Thus far, no motive has been suggested in the case and no relationship has been found between Kohberger and the victims.

“He’s not going to be on the planet that long”

Steve Goncalves recently participated in an interview with Fox News, and this is where seemed to call for the death penalty for Kohberger, should he be found guilty.

“I want this guy to be sick of seeing me – sick of hearing the cases,” Goncalves said. “And, I want this case to get stronger and stronger, to the point where he just realizes that he’s not going to be on the planet that long.”

Goncalves continued:

I can make this man feel like he picked the very worst family to do that to. And every time he turns on the TV, he sees us. And every time he thinks something positive is happening in his case, he sees one of us communicating, and he realizes he has zero hope.

“That’s what I hope, and that’s what I can do,” Goncalves concluded.

A death penalty case?

It remains to be seen whether or not the families of the victims will seek the death penalty in this case.

The Goncalves families’ attorney put out a statement on the matter, saying:

I think it’s … [a] decision that will be made by all the families on whether or not the death penalty is something that the state pursues on this case. I don’t think it’s just a decision for the Goncalves family.

In contrast to the Goncalves family, not much has been heard from the families of the other victims.

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