Was one of the University of Idaho victims targeted? Officials give confusing accounts

SALLY KRUTZIG The Idaho Statesman (TNS)

BOISE, Idaho — The prosecutor for Latah County left people confused with statements made this week to two TV news outlets about the killing of four University of Idaho students.

The remarks, which led the Moscow Police Department to issue a string of clarifying statements, came as the community continues to ask questions about the circumstances that led to the four being stabbed to death in a Moscow home on Nov. 13.

Two days after the killing, police began calling the killing an “isolated, targeted attack.” Ever since, family members and the public have been left to wonder what led police to believe it was targeted if there is no suspect. Police have repeatedly declined to answer that question.

Latah Prosecutor Bill Thompson, whose territory includes Moscow, added to the confusion Tuesday night when NewsNation aired a segment in which the prosecutor said he can’t say if a person was the target of the attack.

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“It seems like the word ‘targeted’ has had different understandings for different people who were listening and perhaps isn’t the best word to use,” Thompson explained in a

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