Moscow murder victim’s family ‘Happy, relieved and thankful’ at news of suspect’s arrest

Graphic showing pictures of the 4 University of Idaho students killed at a home in Moscow, Idaho in November
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MOSCOW, Idaho – Kaylee Goncalves’ family said weeks ago they were reluctant to hold a memorial service for their daughter, out of fear the killer could show up to the service.

Friday, the day of her scheduled celebration of life, police arrested the man accused of killing Kaylee and three friends.

While they’re honoring Kaylee, the suspect will be in a Pennsylvania jail awaiting extradition to Idaho.

Kaylee, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were stabbed to death in a Moscow home on November 13th.

Police received thousands of tips and released very little information publicly.

Early Friday morning, a SWAT team in Pennsylvania arrested a 28-year old man named Bryan Kohberger.

According to online records, Kohberger is from Pennslyvania, but for the last several months, was a Ph.D student at Washington State University, just down the road from the University of Idaho.

He was studying criminology.

Kaylee’s parents told ABC News they did not know Kohberger.

They say they are “happy, relieved and thankful” at the news of his arrest.

Families are holding a celebration of life for Kaylee and Madison Mogen Friday afternoon in Coeur d’Alene.