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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Mother of Slain University of Idaho Student Declines Attendance at Trial, Focuses on Healing and Honoring Son’s Memory




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Stacy Chapin, the mother of Ethan Chapin, one of the University of Idaho students tragically killed last November, spoke out for the first time since her son’s death. In an exclusive interview with the Today Show, Chapin revealed that she has made the decision not to attend the trial of Bryan Kohberger, the suspected killer, Your Content has learned.

Chapin emphasized that attending the trial would not change the outcome for her family and that they need to focus their energy on healing and establishing a new family dynamic. She expressed her trust in the prosecutors to fulfill their role while her family does their part in the healing process.

During the interview, Chapin proudly displayed a new tattoo in Ethan’s handwriting, a poignant symbol of her love for her son. She also discussed a children’s book she wrote in Ethan’s memory titled “The Boy Who Wore Blue.” The book portrays a character inspired by Ethan’s life, highlighting his love for sports, his birth in October, and his job at a tulip farm. Chapin described the writing process as a heartfelt expression, comparing it to a country artist writing their greatest hit after a breakup.

Chapin spoke fondly of Ethan, describing him as a kind, inclusive, and warm-hearted individual. She shared how he brought joy to those around him and had a strong sense of fairness. Ethan was pursuing a major in recreation, sport, and tourism management at the University of Idaho.

When asked about their strength to carry on, Chapin expressed that her family wakes up every morning with the determination to provide Maizie and Hunter, Ethan’s twin siblings, with the best life possible. She emphasized that her children deserve the utmost care and love despite the tragedy they have endured.

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Chapin’s decision not to attend the trial contrasts with the families of Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, who recently announced their intentions to seek the death penalty for Bryan Kohberger. Prosecutors have until late July to make a decision regarding the death penalty, considering Idaho’s recent expansion to include execution by firing squad.

As for Kohberger, he refused to enter a plea to the four counts of first-degree murder during his court appearance. Legal experts suggest that his decision to remain silent allows for potential plea deal options as the trial progresses. Currently incarcerated at the Latah County Jail, Kohberger is reportedly engrossed in TV coverage of the case and has sought solace in meeting with a local pastor every Sunday, according to DailyMail.

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