911 call released in murder of UI graduate student; memorials planned

Aug 25, 2011

Friends and family of University of Idaho graduate student Kathryn Benoit, who was killed Monday night in Moscow, are planning memorial observances, as the investigation into her death continues.

When the 22 year old Benoit was killed by multiple gunshots outside her residence in Moscow Monday night, her roommates called 911:

911 AUDIO: “Can you tell me exactly what happened?” “I don’t know. We were in the house cooking and we heard shots.”

Three minutes into that 911 call, Benoit’s roommate identifies Ernesto Bustamante in response to a question. Bustamante was the former UI assistant professor wanted for questioning in the shooting when he died of an apparent self- inflicted gun-shot wound Tuesday morning.

As the police investigation continues, UI students scheduled a candlelight vigil in downtown Moscow on Thursday night. And in Boise, where Katy Benoit grew up, a memorial service is planned for next Tuesday at 4:00 pm at Boise High School.

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