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A “great number” of students at the University of Idaho have left town early ahead of Thanksgiving break after four students were killed over the weekend in what police are now calling an “isolated, targeted attack.”

Police in Moscow, Idaho, announced Tuesday that although no weapons have been recovered from the scene of the attack, investigators believe the victims were killed with an edged weapon, such as a knife, in their house near campus.

“As a great number of students have already left the Moscow campus, a candlelight vigil that was previously being considered for tomorrow, Nov. 16, is being rescheduled,” a Tuesday notice from Dean of Students Blaine Eckles reads. “It will be held after Thanksgiving break, during the week of Nov. 28, so that all students who wish to attend are able to do so. Keep monitoring your emails for date, time and location of the vigil.”

Though the school and police have said there is no threat to the community at this time, no suspects have been taken into custody, and the community is on edge.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO VICTIMS BELIEVED STABBED TO DEATH IN ‘ISOLATED, TARGETED ATTACK’: POLICE

Students left the University of Idaho early ahead of Thanksgiving break after a quadruple homicide.

Students left the University of Idaho early ahead of Thanksgiving break after a quadruple homicide.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Officers at the scene said investigators found blood inside the home on King Road where the incident took place either late Saturday or early Sunday.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO HOMICIDES: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 4 VICTIMS ALLEGEDLY KILLED NEAR CAMPUS

Neighbors reported hearing noise from the house Saturday evening but said it sounded like a party rather than an altercation.

Police search a home in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, November 14, 2022 where four University of Idaho students were killed over the weekend in an apparent quadruple homicide.

Police search a home in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, November 14, 2022 where four University of Idaho students were killed over the weekend in an apparent quadruple homicide.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Moscow officers responded to reports of an unconscious person Sunday around noon and located the four deceased students upon arrival.

The victims are Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle appeared to be in a relationship based on their social media presences.

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle appeared to be in a relationship based on their social media presences.
(Instagram/ @xanakernodle)

University of Idaho victims Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen.

University of Idaho victims Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen.
(Instagram: @maddiemogen, @kayleegoncalves)

Investigators on Monday and Tuesday searched for evidence in and outside the home — even through trash bins on Tuesday.

IDAHO POLICE NAME 4 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS KILLED IN APPARENT QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE NEAR CAMPUS

Parties are frequently hosted at the many student houses on King Road, which was littered with empty alcohol boxes and other items on Monday and Tuesday.

Parties are frequently hosted at the many student houses on King Road, which was littered with empty alcohol boxes and other items on Monday and Tuesday.

Parties are frequently hosted at the many student houses on King Road, which was littered with empty alcohol boxes and other items on Monday and Tuesday.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

University of Idaho spokesperson Jodi Walker said the school is being “flexible” with the various ways students are coping with the tragedy.

Dean of Students Blaine Ecklessaid in her note to the school community that the students’ deaths have “had a profound impact on their families and friends,” and the school stands “with them in their grief.” She encouraged students to communicate their plans with professors.

The University of Idaho offered a number of support services to students in light of the tragedy.

The University of Idaho offered a number of support services to students in light of the tragedy.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

The school provided various resources to students after the tragedy, including drop-in counseling sessions and therapy dogs, according to Eckles’ note.

She added that students could also seek support directly through her office.

FOUR UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO STUDENTS FOUND DEAD NEAR CAMPUS ‘BELIEVED TO BE VICTIMS OF HOMICIDE’

The four victims’ autopsies are scheduled to be completed later this week, at which point police will” hopefully provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths,” the Moscow Police Department said Tuesday.

Flowers and stuffed animals are left at the entrance to the University of Idaho on Monday, November 14, 2022. 

Flowers and stuffed animals are left at the entrance to the University of Idaho on Monday, November 14, 2022. 
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Police added that “based on information from the preliminary investigation, investigators believe this was an isolated, targeted attack and there is no imminent threat to the community at large.”

“Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel at their passing under these tragic circumstances,” University of Idaho President Scott Green said in a Monday afternoon statement. “No one feels that loss more than their families and friends. The university is working directly with those affected and is committed to supporting all students, families and employees as this event undeniably touches all of us.”

Investigators search a home in Moscow, Idaho, on Monday, November 14, 2022 where four University of Idaho students were killed over the weekend in an apparent quadruple homicide.

Investigators search a home in Moscow, Idaho, on Monday, November 14, 2022 where four University of Idaho students were killed over the weekend in an apparent quadruple homicide.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

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Investigators searched in and outside the home on King Road for evidence on Sunday and Monday.

Local authorities have partnered with state and federal law enforcement offices on the case and are asking anyone with information to contact the Moscow police at 208-883-7054.