Ethan Chapin. (Courtesy Chapin family)

Mother of University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, one of four slain at off-campus residence in November, says family won’t go to suspected killer’s trial because it wouldn’t be “energy well spent.”

Stacy Chapin, Chapin’s mother, stated on Monday’s episode of NBC’s “TODAY” programme that her family is committed to upholding her son’s memory through “Ethan’s Smile,” a charity that awards scholarships to University of Idaho students, and her most recent picture book, “The Boy Who Wore Blue.”

Instead of concentrating on the suspect, who will go on trial in the autumn, her family has been concentrating on their own personal rehabilitation.

“[The trial] does not impact how our family will turn out, therefore we must focus our energies on helping our children heal.getting back to a new family dynamic,” Stacy Chapin said. “We let the prosecutors do their job and we do our job in our family.”

Stacy remembered her son as “the greatest kid.”

“Everyone loved him. He was warm, he was inclusive, he was the kid you wanted to hang out with. He was always game to participate in anything,” she said. “He was kind.”

According to her, her family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from others who came into contact with Ethan. These individuals frequently stop her family to share a story about how he affected their life.

“From the start, he was that way. He had a joyful birth. He was simply generous. Stacy added, “I’m not sure how to fully express it.

With pride, Stacy displayed a tattoo on her arm that said, “I love you mom,” in her son’s handwriting.

Since suspect Bryan Kohberger entered a not guilty plea to four charges of first-degree murder and burglary in a court in Idaho last month, the family’s Monday segment was their first interview.

Police tap surrounds the home where four University of Idaho students were found dead (Ted S. Warren / AP file)

A timeline of the stabbings in Idaho

At the University of Idaho, Chapin, a 20-year-old student from Washington state, was majoring in leisure, sport, and tourist administration. He was residing at the home where his girlfriend and four other college students were staying early on Nov. 13, according to authorities.

Housemates Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, all 21, and Chapin and his girlfriend Xana Kernodle, 20, were also fatally stabbed. According to Moscow police, two other housemates were there at the time but were uninvolved. According to authorities, the murder weapon, which is thought to be a fixed-blade knife, has not been found.

The arrest came in late December as a result of the triple slayings, which shocked the little college town of Moscow and generated hundreds of reports to the FBI.

less than 10 miles from the University of Idaho, at Washington State University, of Bryan Kohberger, a criminology PhD student.

At the Pennsylvania home of his family, Kohberger was taken into custody.

In addition to reviewing security footage from the area where a white Hyundai Elantra — the same car Kohberger owned — had been spotted, investigators claimed they were able to link Kohberger to male DNA on a knife sheath found in a bedroom at the house the victims shared.

Uncertainty surrounds the killers’ motivation. Authorities have not disclosed Kohberger’s relationship to the victims or his motivation for choosing them or the residence as his target.

Kohberger, 28, was charged with murder last month but chose to use his right to silence rather than submit a plea; as a result, a district court judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Kohberger, who is still detained in the Latah County Jail without posting bond, is scheduled to go on trial at the beginning of October.

From top left, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.

The death penalty, which has recently been expanded in Idaho to include execution by firing squad as an additional option due to a scarcity of lethal-injection medications, must be sought by prosecutors by the end of July.

Following the issuance of a gag order in January prohibiting law enforcement and other authorities from publicly discussing the case, Kohberger’s public defender, Anne Taylor, has declined to comment. The order is being contested by a group of media outlets, and a hearing is this Friday.

Few specifics have been made public recently, although search warrants uncovered goods taken from Kohberger’s Pullman, Washington, and Pennsylvania homes, including gloves and face masks.

The “Boy Who Wore Blue” children’s book, according to Stacy, is “the best I can do for [Ethan].”

The anonymous protagonist of the novel is a reflection of her son’s life: He was a triplet who was born in October, enjoyed sports and the colour blue, and as a young adult worked at a tulip farm.

“Life is so short, so give it your best,” the book advises.

Among his triplet siblings, Ethan Chapin was the first to be born. His siblings, Maizie and Hunter, are University of Idaho students.

Friends said that he had been dating Kernodle, a junior at the university specialising in marketing, since the spring of the previous year.

He received a birthday greeting from Kernodle in an Instagram post on October 29.and declared that having you in it made life “so much better.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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