The man, once thought to be a person of interest in the murder of his ex-girlfriend and three other University of Idaho students, is dejected that he has “lost the love of his life”.
He is devastated that some believe he is a suspect in the massacre, a family member told the New York Post.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Brooke Miller said her nephew Jack DuCoeur is currently “surrounded by family and friends” as he grieves the death of Kaylee Goncalves New York Post reports.
“Not only did he lose the love of his life, and what we all thought and he probably thought too, was his future wife — you know, get married and have kids and all that,” but also “half of America he thinks he can.” be “responsible” for the heinous murders, Miller said.
DuCoeur, 22, and Goncalves, 21, had been dating for five years when she broke up with him just three weeks before her murder.
“Obviously he was sad but they were still friends,” said the aunt, who said only that Goncalves “planned to move away” and their breakup was “amicable.”
DuCoeur, who is studying mechanical engineering at university, was originally believed to be a person of interest in the November 13 murders of Goncalves, her two roommates Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernoodle, 20, and Kernoodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20. the authorities said.
In the hours leading up to her death, Goncalves and Mogen tried to call DuCoeur a total of 10 times, but he didn’t answer.
Police in Moscow, Idaho later said they “investigated” and “deleted” the phone calls, and on November 23 said DuCoeur was no longer considered a suspect.
“Detectives do not believe that male Kaylee and Madison, who made multiple attempts to contact them on November 13, is involved in this crime,” Moscow police wrote on Facebook.
But many internet detectives have pointed the finger at DuCoeur as the killer anyway.
In a YouTube video posted by the Reporter Room account on Thursday, host Jessica de la Davies pointed out DuCoeur’s “red flags” regarding the case – noting that he and Goncalves had recently broken up and that they Bought the dogs as a pair did not alert an intruder and was not injured.
After mentioning Goncalves’ plan to move, Davies said: “We all know that the most dangerous time for a woman is when she’s trying to leave.”
“They are just the most ridiculous conspiracies,” Miller said in response to the online claims vilifying DuCoeur.
Goncalves’ mother, father and sister have publicly expressed their support for DuCoeur since her death.
“We all know without a doubt there’s no way Jack would ever do that to anyone,” said his aunt.
DuCoeur now owns fluffy golden pooch Murphy, which he and Goncalves bought as a couple. The dog, who lived with Goncalves, was found unharmed by the police at the scene and initially handed over to animal services.
DuCoeur of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is struggling with returning to the University of Idaho
“It’s hard for him to think about going back to Moscow because his life there was very closely linked to Kaylee’s,” Miller said.
Miller launched a GiveSendGo on Dec. 6 with the goal of raising $20,000 so that “Kaylee’s family will be able to hire a private investigator, get expert legal advice, etc.,” she said. So far, $17,212 in donations has been raised.
Six weeks after the gruesome murders, the Moscow police still have no suspects in the case.
“The very last thing this family wants is for it to turn into a cold case,” Miller said.
The Goncalves family refused The post Request for comments.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.
Originally posted when shooting victim Kaylee Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend spoke up