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Chilling details after cab driver who took Idaho students home before murders breaks silence on final trip

The taxi driver who drove two of the University of Idaho students back before they were killed has broken his silence.

Cops continue to investigate the November 13 murders of the four students as new clues continue to emerge.


Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were driven in a taxi hours before they were killedCredit: Instagram/autumngoncalves
Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were among the students killed


Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were among the students killedCredit: Instagram
Idaho police continue to investigate brutal murders


Idaho police continue to investigate brutal murdersCredit: Reuters

The Idaho taxi driver told the Daily Mail he remains haunted by the fact that his job is to “get them home safely”.

He was among the last people to see Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen alive.

Goncalves, 21, and Mogen, 21, were allegedly murdered along with two of their other housemates: Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20, on the night of November 13.

“It weighed on me. I replayed that night a million times trying to think if there was any sign or detail that something was wrong, but there was nothing.

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“It’s not lost on me that my job was to get these girls home safely, but that didn’t really help this time.”

“I had also known Kaylee, Maddy and Xana – they sometimes had rides home and there was nothing out of the ordinary that night,” the driver continued.


The girls had been to a party and then to a bar.

“I picked them up around 1:40 a.m., 1:45 a.m.,” the driver said.

“They had their food, and they were super excited about their mac’n’cheese like girls are after going to the club.

“They sat in the back and chatted, they were normal like any other night. They weren’t upset about anything or talking about anyone.

“Sometimes the girls would talk about the boys, but that night they were just excited about their food.”


The driver also explained his history of driving the girls and how the ride went that night.

“There was no apprehension, no strange feeling, no upset. There was no nervousness about them.

“They weren’t afraid of anyone. No one was following them or following us.

“There was absolutely nothing about this race that was different or abnormal.

“They were just typical sorority girls, talking and half the time they didn’t pay much attention to us drivers. We’re just doing our thing.”


The driver continued to explain the ride.

“I just sort of pulled up in front of their driveway. I didn’t pull up right in the parking lot. I usually try not to because it’s an easy way to get robbed.

The driver said he didn’t see the two girls go all the way into the house.

“They were both, it’s a relatively safe place. It’s not something I usually sit and watch.

“Sometimes I will absolutely [ask or intervene] if I feel a child needs help. I’ve taken kids to get their stomachs pumped if I feel like they need to.

“It’s a college town, these kids are just trying to live their lives, we [drivers] try to watch them. They don’t need to be the prey.”


The driver said he had worked in the area for years.

“It weighed on me. It was hard to think that I was one of the last people to see them alive.

“When I saw the news on Monday I thought I was in that area, but that was before they released the names.

“As soon as I knew for sure it was the girls, I went to the police.”

The driver said he took about a week off after the incident.

But in the weeks following the killings, police didn’t share much new information.

“These kids deserve justice and they’re not getting it. This community feels like the police aren’t even trying,” the driver said.

“Which is one hundred percent related to how they don’t communicate with the community. People are scared.

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“Most of us have very little faith in the MPD. We can’t tell if we’re observing skilled investigators who are on top of things or if they’re completely lost and looking for straws.”

Police continue to investigate the murders, but have not named a suspect or a motive.


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