Four University of Idaho students were found dead at their home

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Four University of Idaho students were found dead Sunday afternoon (Image: Joseph Pallen)

Four college students were found dead Sunday in what authorities say is a probable homicide.

Local police in Moscow, Idaho, responded to a report of an unconscious person at a home near the University of Idaho campus just before noon on Sunday. When they got to the scene, they found four bodies.

Moscow police issued a “shelter-in-place” order for the campus immediately after the discovery. The order was lifted about an hour later after they determined there was no active threat in the area.

All four victims have been confirmed to be students from the nearby university, but police have not yet released their names.

The students were found in a house off campus in Moscow, Idaho (Image: CBS News)

Very few details about the incident have been released so far, including the cause of death. In a message to students and faculty, University of Idaho President Scott Green confirmed that the students “are believed to be victims of homicide.”

Authorities have not said whether they believe the killing was intentional or unintentional.

He continued: “The Moscow Police Department is investigating and the families of these students have been notified. We continue to actively support law enforcement efforts. MPD does not believe there is an active threat.’

A police officer reacts to the scene at the University of Idaho (Image: CBS News)

Green canceled all classes at the school Monday out of respect for the victims.

“An event of this magnitude can understandably have a significant impact on those left behind,” Green said. “As Vandals, we need to come together and lift each other up.”

Later Sunday night, another fatal incident occurred on the campus of an American college. The police are currently Three people were killed and two others injured in a search for a suspect after a shooting on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.

Campus is on lockdown while suspect, UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., remains at large.

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