The family of Idaho murder victim Kaylee Gonsalves is defending the surviving roommate who claims she saw the ‘killer’ but failed to call police.
Dylan Mortensen, who survived with fellow roommate, Bethany Funke, while four of his friends were found stabbed to death on Nov. 13, didn’t call police but still gave police information about the suspect, attorney Shannon Gray told Fox News,
Gray, who is representing the Goncalves family, said Mortensen was likely “scared to death” when she confronted the man, and insisted she was “still a victim in this case.”
“The fact that she was able to provide some additional recognition I think is beneficial in this case,” Gray said. ‘She was able to give, kind, type and construction and what [the suspect] It seemed a bit like – bushy eyebrows, that sort of thing.’
Goncalves is the latest to defend Mortensen after the roommate of a woman who suffered a brutal 1992 attack said she too had a delayed reaction during a similar scenario.
Dylan Mortensen was one of two roommates who survived the brutal Idaho massacre that claimed four of her friends. It was revealed that Mortensen saw the murder on the night of the crime but did not call the police.
Despite the revelation, the family of victim Kaylee Goncalves (above) said Mortensen was ‘scared to death’ that night and noted she still spoke to police about what she saw
Suspect Brian Kohberger (pictured) faces the death penalty as he is accused of killing 21-year-old Goncalves, Madison Mogen, 21-year-old Zanna Kernodl and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both at their off-campus home on Nov. 13. Was.
Pictured: Kylie’s father, Steve, who has been vocal about the matter
Goncalves, Madison Mogen, both 21, Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20, were found stabbed to death as they lay in bed at a home in Moscow, Idaho — Mortensen and Funke were the only survivors.
Suspect Brian Kohberger, 28, faces the death penalty if convicted of the quadruple murders.
A probable cause affidavit this week revealed that Mortensen had heard several fights the night before, her roommates were murdered and her door was unlocked.
Mortensen told police that he saw a suspect dressed in all black and covering his face and heard one of his housemates say, ‘Somebody here.’
Mortensen said that after hearing crying, he opened his door for the third time and saw a figure in black clothing and wearing a mask, who saw the man’s mouth and nose, walking towards him.
She heard the suspect say, ‘It’s okay, I’m here to help you,’ as the man entered the house, committing the quadruple murders.
The affidavit states: ‘DM described the figure as 5’ 10″ or so tall, male, not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows.
Mortensen has not disclosed why she failed to call the authorities at first, but some are arguing that she may have ‘frozen’ out of fear.
Alana Zabel, 50, said she could also explain the delayed reaction as she pieced together the horrific 1992 attack on her sorority.
(L-R) Dylan Mortensen, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee’s shoulders), Ethan Chapin, Zanna Kernodle and Bethany Funke
Alana Zabel, 50, found her college roommate near death in her bloodied room in 1992 and defended Dylan Mortensen’s delayed reaction to the University of Idaho quadruple murder survivor.
Image: Investigators removing a mattress from the crime scene
Zabel lived off campus from the University at Buffalo in a house with five fraternal sisters and said she could relate to Mortensen and Funke’s “anguish”.
She said she also had a delayed response and felt guilty that she fell asleep despite hearing heavy breathing in her roommate’s room – and only called the police the next day.
‘Someone was following us and broke in one night, when we were partying and drinking late,’ she said.
‘They mercilessly thrashed and raped my house wife. I found her after six hours and she was almost dead.
He said, ‘I didn’t see any blood at first, even though the room was covered in it.’
Zabel said that going through a similar situation, living with the guilt of not calling 911 sooner, bothers her.
‘I’ve lived with the guilt of not calling 911 sooner my whole life. I never saw the attacker or saw break signs until I found my housemate the next morning,’ she said.
‘I can imagine the guilt this roommate who lives in Idaho must be feeling. I also called 911 and reported an unconscious person because I could not understand what was happening.
He further said that when you live in an environment like college, where strangers coming to your home is normal, it is difficult to ‘detect’ a tragedy like this.
‘You don’t want to believe it’s true. Being so young I can imagine she went into shock, it’s a real defense mechanism to survive,’ she said.
Investigators have said they found Kohburger’s DNA at the crime scene.
Kohberger was arrested 2,532 miles from the crime scene
The bloodied bodies of Goncalves, Mogen, Kernodal and Chapin were found by police just before noon after Mortensen and Funke – two housewives who survived the murders – awoke around 11 a.m. to find their friends dead.
The brutal killings shocked Moscow – a small college town in Idaho with a population of just 26,000 – which had not seen a murder since 2015.
Police this week unsealed an arrest affidavit that reveals why they pointed the finger at Kohburger, 28, more than a month after four students were found murdered in their beds.
Some of the cases against him in the affidavit were shared online shortly after he was denied bail during a brief court appearance in Moscow on Thursday.
The papers included details of how Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath close to the bodies of Mogen and Goncalves.
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