One in all two Idaho college students who survived the November 2022 bloodbath at their shared home has now switched universities, her stepmother stated, and is wracked with ‘survivor’s guilt’.
Dylan Mortensen, 21, informed detectives that she noticed a person leaving the home in Moscow, Idaho, within the early hours.
She didn’t understand till hours later that 4 of her roommates had been murdered.
Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology scholar, has been charged with 4 counts of homicide, and pleaded not responsible. He stays in jail, with no trial date set.
Mortensen left Moscow earlier this yr, stated Patricia Munroe, Mortensen’s stepmother.
Dylan Mortensen is one among two to outlive the November 13, 2022 murders on the Idaho scholar home
Mortensen, far left, is seen together with her roommates: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee’s shoulders) Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Bethany Funke
Bryan Kohberger, who’s accused of killing 4 College of Idaho college students in November 2022, is pictured on September 13 at Latah County District Courtroom
Munroe was married to Mortensen’s father Brent, and helped elevate Dylan from the age of seven till virtually her commencement for highschool.
She informed The New York Submit she remained near the household, and Mortensen was ‘okay’.
Munroe, 53, stated: ‘There’s numerous guilt as a result of, you understand, if somebody says, ‘Oh, properly, Dylan was so fortunate,’ you understand, you do not need to tackle that luck — as a result of the entire kids deserved luck.
‘All of them deserved to be spared from that.’
Mortensen informed police she stood in a ‘frozen shock section’ as ‘a determine clad in black clothes and a masks walked in direction of her,’ then ‘in direction of the again sliding glass door’ and left the home.
She then locked herself in her room, and didn’t emerge till the subsequent morning.
Mortensen and Bethany Funke, the opposite roommate who survived the assaults, didn’t name police till midday the subsequent day, which has given rise to on-line trolls attacking Mortensen and Funke and claiming they have been concerned within the murders.
Mortensen is protecting herself to herself, her father stated, and has switched universities
‘You by no means actually take into consideration on-line backlash and trolls till you take care of it, and it is only a actually hurtful factor,’ Munroe stated.
‘I problem anybody to be able the place they get up to 4 of their roommates gone and, you understand, not even realizing it.
‘Individuals have to know that these kids are very younger . . . You recognize, they’re simply younger children, and it is only a actually traumatizing factor. I simply assume that individuals must have compassion.
‘There must be house and time for all the small print to come back out in trial.’
Mortensen’s father Brent informed creator and personal investigator J. Reuben Appelman that she was isolating herself, and taking part in video video games to take care of the stress.
Appelman informed NewsNation: ‘At first weeks after these homicides, she was mainly dogpiled on, on social media.
‘This was a part of the trauma that she skilled.
‘Dylan herself has retreated from the general public eye, only a few folks see her.’
Mortensen’s father informed Appelman that his daughter is within the strategy of therapeutic, regardless of being hounded by bullies.
‘She is in trauma remedy of types, she’s getting assist from the religious neighborhood,’ he stated.
‘Isolating herself however she is stepping out a bit at a time, she is gaming on-line with friends in group gaming session.
‘She’s doing what she will with out going into public.’