Four University of Idaho students were discovered dead in a home near campus on Sunday, in what police are calling homicides.
Officers from the Moscow Police Department discovered the victims shortly before noon Sunday when they responded to a report of an unconscious person near King Road.
The four University of Iowa students were pronounced dead at the scene.
A short time later, the university issued an alert advising students to shelter in place for approximately an hour until investigators determined that there was no active threat to others in the area.
Authorities did not release additional details, including the names of the victims or the causes of death. Police said more information would be shared once family members were notified of the deaths.
“It is with deep sadness that I share with you that the university was notified today of the death of four University of Idaho students living off-campus believed to be victims of homicide,” University of Idaho President Scott Green said in a statement posted to Facebook Sunday night. “Out of respect for these fellow Vandals, classes statewide and online are canceled Monday, Nov. 14.”
The university said counselors would be available for students at the campus counseling center, while employees can get help through an employee assistance program.
“An event of this magnitude can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind,” Green wrote. “As Vandals, we must come together and lift each other up.”
The incident in Idaho occurred just hours after three people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting at the University of Virginia.
Student Christopher Jones, the primary suspect in the mass shooting, remained at large Monday morning.