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‘Spiritual’ Therapy and Special Tattoos: How the 2 Survivors Are Healing 1 Year After the Idaho College Murders

How the 2 Survivors Are Healing 1 Year After the Idaho College Murders

Find out how the 2 survivors are healing one year after Idaho college murders.

Nov. 13 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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One year after the gruesome murders of four University of Idaho students, the two surviving roommates are keeping low profiles since the horrific slaying, according to sources.

On Nov. 13, 2022, Bryan Kohberger, 28, was studying for a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington State University when police believe he broke into a home in Moscow, Idaho, and allegedly fatally stabbed four students — Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kernodle's boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

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Two other roommates, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, were also home at the time, but they survived. Mortensen, 21, even came face-to-face with the killer just moments after the murders took place.

She told authorities she saw a “figure clad in black clothing and a mask” walking toward the home’s back exit just after 4 a.m., the New York Post reported.

Mortensen and Funke were also allegedly texting each other while the murders were taking place. The pair have received an onslaught of hatred online since the slayings after it was revealed no one called 911 for several hours, The Post reported.

Since the murders, the two roommates have been keeping low profiles.

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Mortensen has reportedly been “isolating herself.” She was seen running near her parents’ home after the murders, but has not been seen since by the media.

“In the beginning weeks after those homicides, she was basically dogpiled on social media,” private investigator J. Reuben Appelman said, according to The Post. “This was part of the trauma that she experienced. Dylan herself has retreated from the public eye, very few people see her.”


Appelman added that Mortensen is now in “trauma therapy of sorts” and that she is “getting help from the spiritual community.”

Funke now lives in Nevada and has kept an even lower profile, sources claim.

The only time she has been heard from was when her attorneys filed a motion earlier this year to dismiss a subpoena that was forcing her to testify as part of Kohberger’s defense.

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Funke later agreed to sit down for an interview with Kohberger’s attorneys, but it is unclear if that ever happened.

In December 2022, Mortensen and Funke got matching tattoos on the back of their elbows to honor their murdered roommates, The Post reported.

The tattoo consisted of the first letter of each of their friends’ first names surrounded by angel wings.

Kohberger was eventually charged with four counts of first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty in the case. He is currently behind bars without bail, and waived his right to a speedy trial, delaying the start of his trial.


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