Who is Stacy Chapin? How is she related to Ethan Chapin? Learn all there is to know.
Stacy Chapin, the mother of Ethan Chapin, one of four University of Idaho students killed in an off-campus house in November, has said that her family won’t attend the accused killer’s trial, saying doing so wouldn’t be energy “well spent.”
Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, said Monday on NBC’s “TODAY” show that her family is dedicated to keeping her son’s legacy alive through their foundation “Ethan’s Smile” which provides scholarships to University of Idaho students, and her new children’s book “The Boy Who Wore Blue.”
Her family has been focused on healing with one another rather than on the suspect, who heads to trial in the fall. “[The trial] does not change the outcome of our family and it’s energy that we need to put into healing our kids and getting back to a new family dynamic,” Stacy Chapin said. “We let the prosecutors do their job and we do our job in our family.”
Stacy remembered her son as “the greatest kid.” “Everyone loved him. He was warm, he was inclusive, he was the kid you wanted to hang out with. He was always game to participate in anything,” she said. “He was kind.” She said her family has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from people who crossed paths with Ethan, often stopping her family to tell them a story of how he touched their lives in some way.
Who was Ethan Chapin and what happened to him?
Ethan Chapin was a freshman from Washington who was fatally stabbed.
Chapin was a 20-year-old freshman from Washington state majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management at the University of Idaho. On the early morning of Nov. 13, he was staying at the house occupied by his girlfriend and four other college students, investigators said.
Chapin and girlfriend Xana Kernodle, 20, and housemates Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, were fatally stabbed. Two other roommates were home at the time but were not involved, Moscow police said. The murder weapon, believed to be a fixed-blade knife, has not been recovered, according to police.