On Thursday night, the parents of the murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves revealed that they want the accused killer Bryan Kohberger to face the death penalty for taking their daughter’s life, along with the lives of three other students.

In an interview with NewsNation following Kohberger’s first court appearance in Idaho, Steve and Kristi Goncalves spoke about their feelings towards the 28-year-old criminology doctoral student.

The grieving parents said they felt “numb” when they saw their daughter’s alleged killer for the first time in court. Kristi said she “expected to feel an immense amount of hate” towards the accused, but instead felt “nothing” because she is “still in shock.”

During the interview, the couple referred to another of the victims, 21-year-old Madison (Maddie) Mogen, as their daughter, given how close she was to the family.

Childhood photos of Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen

When asked what justice looks like for them, Steve alluded to wanting the death penalty, saying that “it’s gonna look a lot like an end.” He added that “justice doesn’t have a room where you can read books and you can go to school and you can have three meals and you can have your vegan diet.”

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“Justice is when you leave the planet and the whole world is able to rejoice and be glad that you are not there,” said Steve. “He has to pay for what he’s done.”

When asked directly whether they support the death penalty for Kohberger, both Steve and Kristi confirmed that they do.

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“If our daughters could switch places with [Kohberger], I’m saying Maddie as my daughter, we would do it in a heartbeat,” said Steve. “If they could sit there and have their squares, a place to live, and we could call them, we could write them letters, they could watch tv… that’s not a punishment equivalent to being killed.”

“If you wanna play God’s role, you’re gonna have to go answer to him,” added Steve.

Although the family may hope for the death penalty, it is not likely that this punishment will actually be carried out. Since 1976, when the death penalty practice was reinstated, the state of Idaho has only executed three people. The last person to be executed was done so in 2012 after spending 26 years on death row.

Kohberger has been charged with four counts of murder. The victims he is accused of killing are Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 21; and Ethan Chapin, 20.

From left to right: Ethan Chapin, Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle


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