Stacey Chapin: Mother of one of four University of Idaho students stabbed to death last year will not attend trial of accused killer

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Stacey Chapin talks about her son, Ethan Chapin, during a vigil for the four students who were killed in Moscow, Idaho on November 30.


Mother of one of four University of Idaho students Brutally stabbed At an off-campus home last year, she said she would not attend the trial of her son’s accused killer.

“It doesn’t change the outcome,” said Stacey Chapin, whose 20-year-old son Ethan was killed in the attack. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Participating in court proceedings. “It’s energy that doesn’t feel well spent.”

Ethan Chapin, 20 in Chana Kernod; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison Mohan, 21, were there was found dead On November 13, sends shock waves Through the small town of Moscow, Idaho.

“He’s the best kid,” Stacey Chapin said of her son during an interview on the “Today Show” Monday. “Everyone loved him. He was hot. He was inclusive. He was the kid you wanted to hang out with,” she said.

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Chana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin

Brian Kohberger, a graduate student in criminology at nearby Washington State University, was arrested in December and later in connection with the murders. Accused Four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.

A The judge entered He entered not guilty pleas during a court appearance last month and is due to go on trial in October.

Instead of attending the hearing, Stacey Chapin said she and her husband are focusing on helping their family heal. Ethan Chapin was a triplet and after his death, his siblings returned to the University of Idaho and successfully completed their semesters, their mother said.

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“We wake up every morning and we decide the best thing we can do is put our best foot forward,” Stacey Chapin said.

In the months after the murders, Stacey Chapin wrote a book about her son titled “The Boy Who Blue.”

“He was born happy. He was generous,” Stacey Chapin said. It’s unbelievable. I mean, I tell people, if I touch as many lives in my lifetime as he did in 20 years, he warms up every room. He had a wonderful smile.

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