‘Most beautiful children’: Friends of UI murder victims gather for vigil at Independence Point

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Close friends and former classmates of the four victims who were killed in Moscow over the weekend gathered at Independence Point on Wednesday night.

Those at the vigil spent the night lighting candles, listening to music, and remembering those who were lost.

“Even my children went to school with these kids, and knew them personally so it’s a hard thing for everyone to accept,” said Michelle Lane, who attended the vigil.

Maddie Mogen’s best friend Ashlin was also in the crowd. She is a University of Idaho alumni and lived in the home where the four were killed.

Ashlin’s mom, Angela Navejas, remembered the good times they had at that home.

“We actually had my daughter’s 21st birthday party there,” Navejas said. “I do know that social media has posted these kids to be completely different than who they are, and I don’t think it’s fair because I think every single one of them are the most amazing kids I’ve met in my life.”

On Wednesday night, she was frustrated, and like many others, waiting for justice.

“I don’t want to tell you what I feel about the Moscow Police Department right now, because I feel like they could’ve done a better job,” Navejas said. “I pray and I hope that they figure it out because it’s ludicrous that they have absolutely nothing.”

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