On November 13, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho four University of Idaho students were murdered with knives. On December 30 police in Monroe County Pennsylvania charged Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, with four counts of first degree murder and burglary.
Each victim received multiple stab wounds from an attacker who carried out his attacks on the second and third floors, leaving two roommates from below unharmed, according to police.
Dylan Mortensen, 21, shared a room at a Moscow residence where four victims suffered fatal stabbings that caused their deaths. Mortensen and another student managed to avoid these attacks according to a lawyer for the Goncalves family who lost a daughter because she was too terrified to report it properly to authorities.
Who Is Dylan Mortensen?
Dylan Mortensen was born and raised in Boise, Idaho – she will turn 22 next year – where both her roommates and parents reside separately while attending Boise Senior High School for her education.
At present, she is working towards graduating from the University of Idaho as an excellent student. Aside from studying, she also enjoys being an influential Tik Tok star with thousands of fans following her videos that often include roommates or friends in them.
Dylan Mortensen Biography
Dylan Mortensen was a transgender student at Idaho University who, according to reports, told her friends to remain silent when Bryan Kohberger was murdered. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Dylan except she survived a university murder case as per reports after bumping into suspected killer Bryan Kohberger; apparently after misinterpreting what might have been noises of four roommates being murdered for loud partying activities as loud music playing during that night – she misunderstood what may have been death threats instead.
Dylan Mortensen had apparently opened her bedroom door due to noise levels making sleeping impossible, which resulted in her opening it once more after hearing additional loud noises that evening.
As soon as she arrived home after 4 AM, she saw what she believed was the alleged killer; however, she initially mistook them for partygoers due to wearing black clothing and wearing a mask; that person passed her by towards the exit of her home and passed her without incident.
Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke managed to survive November 13’s massacre while losing three housemates; Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (both 21), Xana Kernodle (20) as well as Ethan Chapin (21). Authorities now believe Bryan Kohberger may have committed this act himself.
Mortensen and Bethany Funke both raised concerns about how quickly survivors reported the murders; according to reports, eight hours passed without anyone reporting it. As soon as possible after reporting the killings, Mortensen and Funke got matching tattoos as memorials to honor those lost.
Four individuals were found dead: Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21. Both 21-year-old Madisons were friends of Ethan’s in Moscow at 1122 King Road when the murders happened and both witnessed what took place there.
Dylan Mortensen Allegedly Saw Idaho Killer but Failed to Call Police
After the release of an arrest affidavit for 21-year-old Dylan Mortensen – who survived Idaho quadruple murders – his actions or lack thereof became the subject of intense discussions and debates.
She told investigators she had opened her bedroom door and been met by suspected killer, Bryan Kohberger – the same night Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were brutally killed inside that home.
On November 13 at approximately 4 a.m, she saw a “figure wearing black clothing and a mask” walking towards the back exit – instead of calling the police immediately she locked her bedroom door and went back to sleep.
Police believe Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke’s innocence in this matter and do not suspect they heard Kaylee Goncalves say, “There’s someone here,” before hearing crying coming from Xana Kernodle’s room and hearing an unknown male voice assuringly say, “It’s alright, I’ll help.” However, police remain confident of both their guilt.
Mortensen Praising Victims
At an Idaho memorial service for Kernodle and Chapin victims in December, an Idaho pastor read out a letter written by Mortensen and Funke regarding them at which was read aloud by an Idaho pastor – according to CNN. Mortensen described Kernodle as both “the life of the party” and an intelligent hardworking individual while Funke described Chapin as both sweet and loving towards her partner Kernodle as well as “sweet like an older brother” towards Mortensen.
Mortensen described Mogen and Goncalves as the inseparable duo, viewing them like second moms. Her life had been greatly influenced by meeting these four beautiful individuals, according to CNN. Mortensen wrote an open letter that was read aloud by Pastor Jorrit van Veerden at their funeral services on March 12th 2019. The pastor read out her letter at their memorial service on Sunday March 11th 2019.
“Xana, Ethan, Maddie and Kaylee have had such an impactful influence on my life that it will be hard not having them here with us in person, but I know Xana would want us all to live life with joy and celebrate their lives as much as we possibly can.”
According to NewsNation, Mortensen’s letter read as follows: “I know somewhere Xana and Ethan are holding hands together, looking out for us all while telling us it will all work out okay – as are Maddie and Kaylee, my two closest friends that were like sisters.
Dylan Mortensen’s Latest News
Idaho Killings survivor Dylan Mortensen had kept their identity a secret for some time before disclosing herself and providing details about their killer in her statement. Additionally, Dylan admitted opening her bedroom door twice after hearing noises outside.
She stated that she was in shock following the murder, so she took refuge at her parent’s house in Boise, Idaho. Recently, people saw her out public for the first time almost two months later which generated much discussion throughout the media.