3 Football players were shot and killed at the Univ. of Virginia the day before….
Police arrested that suspect 12 hours after…..
Four students at the University of Idaho were found dead near campus in what a local official described on Monday as a “crime of passion.”
Art Bettge, the mayor of Moscow, Idaho, said in an interview that the authorities were still investigating what had transpired but that the case was being treated as a homicide. He said the authorities did not believe that there was a “perceivable danger to the broader public,” but he declined to say how the victims had been killed or whether a suspect was at large.
“With a crime of this magnitude, it’s very difficult to work through,” Mr. Bettge said, adding that the police needed time to piece together what had transpired. “The overall assessment is that it’s a crime of passion,” he said…
The University of Idaho confirmed that all the victims were students and canceled classes on Monday.
“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel at their passing under these tragic circumstances,” Scott Green, the president of the university, said in a message to students and employees.
The deaths occurred on the same day as a shooting at the University of Virginia that killed three members of the university’s football team and wounded two other people. That campus was locked down for 12 hours before the police announced that a suspect, a 22-year-old student, had been arrested and charged.
Located in the rolling wheat fields across the border from Pullman, Wash., where the much larger Washington State University is, Moscow is a college town of about 25,000 people. More than 10,000 students are enrolled at the University of Idaho campus, which focuses heavily on engineering and agriculture. The city has not recorded a murder since 2015….