Idaho Vandals honor student victims with moment of silence

The names of the four students found murdered in a house near campus were read before the game. The Moscow community is still in shock.

MOSCOW, Idaho — The University of Idaho men’s basketball team honored the four victims during Wednesday night’s game, the first major event the school has hosted since the Nov. 13 tragedy.

It was certainly a gloomy mood at Wednesday’s game with quite a few empty seats in the student area. Many students left town early for Thanksgiving holiday. Those who stayed told KREM 2 that they will not feel completely safe until the person responsible is caught.

“Basketball fans, at this time we ask that you join us in a moment of silence for the four University of Idaho students who were tragically taken from us on Sunday.”

The names of the four students found murdered in a house near campus were read before the game. The Moscow community is still in shock.

“It definitely looks like a ghost town here,” said a college student, Jessika Jacobs. “Weird to see everyone pack up and leave. Super sad.”

Like many other students, Jessika Jacobs and Asha Comings don’t attend class, saying they don’t feel as safe alone or on campus as they did a week ago.

“The only reason we’re still here is because we had a little trip planned that would go across from our houses, but we’ve stayed together every night to stay as safe as possible, but we’re definitely going home early,” said comings.

“The issue of security is on everyone’s mind right now,” said university officials.

At a news conference this afternoon, University of Idaho officials said they have expanded campus patrols and students can request a security escort around the campus day or night. The university also apologizes for any absences.

“If they want to leave now and go home, they absolutely can. We will support them in that,” said university officials.

Classes were canceled the day after the discovery of the four bodies, but resumed on Tuesday. School officials say some students like to keep their minds busy.

“They enjoy being around other students. They enjoy interacting with the faculty and keeping busy,” said university president C. Scott Green.

“I’m glad they’re still doing it and we’re here to support our team, so we’re happy to be here. Lucky to be able to achieve this and feel safe here,” said Jacobs.

Because so many students have gone home, the university has decided to postpone the candlelight vigil until after the Thanksgiving holiday on November 30.

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