Moscow community stands together through local tragedy

MOSCOW, Idaho — The Moscow community is still in shock from the murder of four students over a week ago.

Many long-time residents say they fell in love with Moscow for its safety and sense of community. And despite everything that’s happened, they’re still taking it day by day.

Kelly Kimberling is a fourth-generation Latah County resident. She grew up, went to school, and is raising a family in Moscow.

“I just didn’t feel like it was very real you know,” she said.

Kimberling says Moscow is a place where doors often went unlocked.

“We don’t honestly lock our doors. They are locked right now. I’ve just always felt safe,” she said.

The scene on King Street cultivated a fear and uncertainty into the community. But they are still standing shoulder to shoulder, leaning on each other for support.

“I’ve been seeing people donate funds from their proceeds, we own a local coffee shop here in town, last Friday we took 50 energy drinks and coffees over to the police station – and we’ll do it again this week,” Kimberling said.

The life-long resident is giving back to police amidst a gut-wrenching investigation.

“They have to go home to this everyday, they have seen some horrific things…and I just want to say thank you,” Kimberling said.

Over at La Casa Lopez, they hosted a World Cup event before opening the restaurant, gathering dozens of community members together to watch the games.

“It was awesome, we had a lot of people show up to the game, there was a lot of cheering,” said Mitchell Lopez, co-owner of La Casa Lopez.

All of the proceeds are being evenly divided and sent to GoFundMe accounts for Ethan, Xana, Maddie, and Kaylee.

In times of tragedy, this community doesn’t waver, and they’ll remain together one day at a time.

“We just come together in times like this, granted they’re very few and far between but when they do happen, we come together,” Kimberling said.