Family of University of Idaho murder victim calls Ethan Chapin ‘One of the most incredible people you’ll ever know’

MT. VERNON, Wash. — Just over a week after their son was murdered near the University of Idaho, friends and family gathered to remember Ethan Chapin.

Chapin, who turned 20 in late October, was one of four U of I students killed in an off-campus home.

He had been staying with his girlfriend, who was among the victims.

“Today, we’re here to honor the life and legacy of our son and brother Ethan Chapin, one of the most incredible people you will ever know,” said Stacy Chapin, Ethan’s mom.

She was joined by her husband and children outside of McIntyre Hall in Mt. Vernon, just before they went inside for his memorial service.

Chapin was a triplet who grew up in Conway, Washington. During COVID, his family packed up and moved to their place in Priest Lake, Idaho, where Ethan worked at Hill’s Resort.

They returned home for their senior year and graduated from Mount Vernon High School.

All three triplets attended the University of Idaho.

In his obituary, Chapin’s family said he lived in best life at U of I.

“He loved the social life, intramurals and tolerated the academics,” the obituary said. “He was kind to all and a friend to all. May we all try to make the earth a better place…and may we all live like Ethan.”

Before the service Monday, Chapin’s family also extended their gratitude to the communities, families and friends that have supported them.

Ethan’s mom Stacy also thanked the Moscow Police Department, “who now carry the burden every day, not only for us but for all of the impacted families.”

They also thanked “the many strangers across the country. Your outreach and kind words are profoundly touching. Please know, we now consider all of you friends.”

His family requests donations to help Tyler Amaya, who coaches youth basketball programs in Skagit County. You can find the information in this obituary.

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