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Students at the University of Idaho are now being offered self-defense classes since there is still a killer still on the loose. 

Idaho Police’s James Fry on Wednesday defended his force’s handling of the investigation into the November 13 murder – and begged the victims’ families to ‘trust us.’

Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; and Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, were all stabbed to death inside the home the women rented just off campus.

Police are yet to even find the murder weapon, and despite 10,000 tips they have not identified a suspect or motive.

Students last month were told that they could opt out of returning to the campus for the spring semester in January, and instead study online or at the university’s other campuses in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. 

James Fry, chief of Moscow police in Idaho, on Wednesday defended the investigation into the November 13 murders

James Fry, chief of Moscow police in Idaho, on Wednesday defended the investigation into the November 13 murders

Victims: pictured, the four Idaho students who were stabbed to death during the early morning hours of November 13. Ethan Chapin (center right), Xana Kerndole (right), Kaylee Goncalves (lower left) and Madison Mogen (upper left)

Victims: pictured, the four Idaho students who were stabbed to death during the early morning hours of November 13. Ethan Chapin (center right), Xana Kerndole (right), Kaylee Goncalves (lower left) and Madison Mogen (upper left)

Members of the Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police collect and remove the personal effects and property from the residence

Members of the Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police collect and remove the personal effects and property from the residence

Those who do return will see more police patrols near campus and more security personnel.

Students are also being offered self-defense lessons, with classes in ‘stalking awareness,’ vigilance and sexual assault awareness, Fox reported. 

The University will hold a ‘campus and community town hall focusing on home safety.’

They are also working ‘with fraternity and sorority chapters to bring external experts in to assess chapter facility safety and security.’ 

Kernodle and Chapin were at a party on campus the night before they died.

Goncalves and Mogen were at a bar in town.

All were home by 2am. 

Some of the relatives – in particular the Goncalves family – have been highly critical of Fry and his force, accusing the police of leaving them in the dark.

But Fry on Wednesday insisted they were doing all they could to support them.

‘Every family wants a little bit different information, and we have a liaison with each of the families, that we talked to them daily,’ said Fry, speaking to NBC’s Nightline program.

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves

Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin (left) were both killed along with friends Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (right)

Kaylee and Madison had spent the evening visiting a sports bar and food truck, while Xana and Ethan has visited Ethan's fraternity house just a short walk away from Xana's home

On December 7, Moscow police asked the public for help finding a 2011-2013 white Hyundai Elantra the driver of which they believe may have valuable information about the murders. The car has not yet been found

On December 7, Moscow police asked the public for help finding a 2011-2013 white Hyundai Elantra the driver of which they believe may have valuable information about the murders. The car has not yet been found

He added that the local prosecutor’s office also has a liaison who is in regular contact with victims’ families.

‘We pass on as much information as we can to them. As I stated, there’s information that we’ve held back, and we know that frustrates them,’ Fry said of the families. 

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‘But we asked them to be patient. We asked them to trust us and that we’re going to continue to move through this until we have a completion in the case.’

The four are believed to have been asleep when they were stabbed in their beds between 3am and 4am, in bedrooms on the second and third floors.

Two roommates on the first floor were in the house at the time but were unharmed, and have been ruled out as suspects. 

Fry said there was movement in the case, but he could not disclose it.

‘This case is not going cold,’ he said. ‘We are still receiving hundreds of tips daily and following up on those tips.’

One line of investigation is a white Hyundai Elantra seen near the scene, which police are hoping to identify. One matching the description – made between 2011 and 2013 – was found abandoned in Eugene, Oregon, but on Wednesday that particular car was ruled out. 

On Tuesday, Fox News photographers captured detectives retrieving boxes from a storage facility where evidence is being held. 

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