BOISE - The family of a University of Idaho student killed late Monday night is speaking out - and has strong words for her school.
The statement asks for the school to be forthcoming with issues surrounding a complaint Katy Benoit, 22, made earlier this summer about the man police said killed her, former assistant professor Ernesto Bustamante, 31. Police found Bustamante dead in a Moscow hotel room Tuesday morning.
"After receiving threats and intimidation from Bustamante, we believed Katy obtained a restraining order, changed addresses and filed a complaint with the University of Idaho," the statement said.
Court documents obtained by KTVB report Bustamante threatened Benoit with a gun several times after she broke off a sexual relationship with him in March.
“Katy had shared with us details about her issues with Ernesto Bustamante. She was deeply alarmed by Bustamante’s behavior and rhetoric," the statement said.
Court documents show that Benoit filed a complaint with the university about Bustamante’s behavior sometime in June, and Bustamante was either fired or allowed to resign as a result of the complaint. Bustamante's last day with the school was Friday.
"Our family had grave concerns when we learned that the University of Idaho had received dozens of complaints from other students about Bustamante, and that, from what we understood, Katy was the only one willing to sign her name to a complaint," the statement said.
The family is hoping for more information from the school, including information about what happened between the time the complaint was filed in June and Bustamante's ultimate departure from the university Friday, just a few days before the murder.
"We hope that the University of Idaho will be forthcoming in disclosing everything that went on this past summer in response to Bustamante's behavior towards Katy and others, including the University's involvement.”
The court documents say Benoit and her roommates, Meghan Walker-Smith and Emma Gregory, were baking cookies Monday night when Benoit stepped out to the front porch to smoke a cigarette. The roommates then heard gunshots and went outside to investigate and found Benoit dead.
A spokesperson for the University of Idaho says they will respond to the family statement. We are awaiting that information.