Three young people, all current or former student athletes at the State University of New York in Geneseo, were found stabbed to death in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Monday.
Colin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo was distraught because his girlfriend of three years, Kelsey Annese, had recently broken up with him, Geneseo Police Spokesman Jeffrey Szczesniak said at a press conference.
Early Sunday morning, Kingston telephoned his father and said he’d “brought harm” to Annese, Szczesniak said.
The father called police, who went to Annese’s residence on the second-floor of a house converted into apartments that were mostly occupied by members of the women’s basketball team, Szczesniak said.
Officers found the bodies of Kingston; Annese, 21, of Webster, New York; and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of Vancouver, British Columbia.
No sign of Struggle
Szczesniak said there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle, indicating Kingston may have surprised Annese and Hutchinson. He didn’t know the nature of the relationship between Hutchinson and Annese.
Kingston had bought a large knife at a retail store and police think he used that in the killings, Szczesniak said.
Investigators think the killings happened between 5:30 a.m., when officers ticketed cars on the street and didn’t see Kingston’s vehicle, and 6:21 a.m., when Kingston called his father, Szczesniak said.
“When the phone call was terminated by Colin, shortly thereafter Colin Kingston took his own life,” Szczesniak said.
Students at the school of about 5,000 were returning to campus after being out Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Counseling services will be offered, college President Denise A. Battles said.
“We have experienced a terrible tragedy in Geneseo today involving members of our community,” she said.
SUNY-Geneseo is a picture-book campus in a historic part of New York state.
Classes to Resume Tuesday
“Nestled next to the Village of Geneseo — one of 24 communities nationwide to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark — the campus’ ivy-covered brick buildings evince a traditional college ambiance,” the college website says.
The website said Annese was a senior and a member of the women’s basketball team who was an education/Spanish major with a psychology minor.
Hutchinson, a senior, was a member of the hockey team who was majoring in geography. He was a volunteer at the Geneseo fire department.
Kingston, who had previously played on the school basketball team, lived in Geneseo but had not registered for spring classes.
Classes will be held Tuesday but the men’s and women’s basketball games have been postponed.
“We think our students will be comforted by keeping as much stability in their lives as possible, even during a difficult period of mourning,” Battles said.