Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves’ TikTok uploads flooded with tributes

Bruno Cooke November 23, 2022
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves’ TikTok uploads flooded with tributes
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Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen are two of four university students who died following a stabbing at a house in Moscow, Idaho, during the night of November 12-13, 2022. Following their deaths, their respective TikTok uploads have seen an inundation of comments paying their respects.

Last week, Moscow police chief James Fry gave an update on the investigation. He told reporters that two additional roommates were in the home at the time of the four students’ deaths.

He also said that earlier on that evening, two of the victims had been at a party on campus.

The other two – Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves – had been at a downtown bar. Both were regular TikTok users.

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TikTok uploads from late Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves flooded with tributes

Since their deaths earlier this month, numerous social media users have been viewing, liking and commenting on TikTok videos Mogen and Goncalves uploaded over the last couple of years.

At the time of writing, Mogen has 1,208 followers on the social media platform and Goncalves has 13.5K.

She only has nine videos to her name, but four of those have been viewed more than a million times each.

Her most recent upload, from October 30, 2022, has garnered more than 340 comments. Many are from the last few days, i.e., since her death. The same goes for Mogen’s latest upload – the vast majority of the comments have to do with her passing.

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TikTok is also home to many ‘theorising’ about the case

A quick TikTok search for the names of Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves reveals dozens of videos about the investigation into their deaths.

Many contain “theories” as to what happened, or how it happened, and purport to discuss and/or even reveal “new evidence.”

Some of those have viewing figures well into six or even seven digits. 

TikTok is increasingly becoming a news source for people of all ages. According to research by the Pew Research Center, 26% of adults under 30 regularly get their news from the app. Meanwhile, a third of adults on the app say they get their news from it. But that doesn’t mean TikTok is a reliable source of news, just that it is a source of news.

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Particular TikTok videos from Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves have gone viral online

News AU reports that videos of Kaylee Goncalves have gone “viral” on TikTok following her death.

In one, she dances with her dog Murphy to Hailey Whitters’ song, Everything She Ain’t. Police located the dog at the residence, News AU adds. Murphy survived the incident. 

“If only the dog could speak,” commented one social media user on the video in question. “RIP beautiful girls.”

Murphy was reportedly “unharmed and turned over to Animal Services.” Kaylee shared him with her on-off partner Jack DuCoeur, according to her sister.

“Imagine if we could time travel,” writes one TikTok user on Madison Mogen’s most recent TikTok upload. “I would go back in time and tell her to stay at someone’s house that she is safe at. RIP ❤️ gone too early.”

Latest on the case

Police have not yet identified a suspect, or suspects, according to CBS News.

Victims Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle had been at a party at a Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus on the night of November 12, 2022, returning home at around 1:45 am.

Mogen and Goncalves, meanwhile, had been at a bar called The Corner Club, in downtown Moscow. They stopped at a food truck on their way home. There’s video footage of them at the food truck, but police don’t think anyone else in the video played any part in the students’ deaths.

There were two other roommates in the house at the time of the attack. They slept through it, CBS cites police as saying. Neither are suspects. Nor is Jack DuCoeur, whom someone appears to have called several times that night, ending at 2:52 am. At the time of writing, the investigation is ongoing.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or