SUNY Geneseo stabbings
Police are investigating after two men and a woman were found dead inside an off-campus house in Geneseo early Sunday morning.
According to media reports Tuesday, police responded to the house on Wadsworth Street around 6 a.m. to a report that “something had happened.”
The apparent murder-suicide left three people in their early 20s dead: Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster; Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo.
The Democratand Chronicle adds:
Kingston, who police say was distraught over his breakup with Annese after a three-year relationship, allegedly went to the house at 18 Wadsworth St. sometime between 5:30 and 6:20 a.m. Annese rented the upstairs room. Annese and Hutchinson were stabbed several times with a “large knife” that Kingston allegedly bought from a local retailer in the days prior, police said. Kingston then called his father, said he had harmed Annese and threatened to kill himself. His father called 911. All three were dead when officers arrived.
Police said that Kingston had admitted having suicidal thoughts following the recent break-up, but no one they interviewed had heard him talk of threatening violence, reveals the Daily Mail.
“No one had heard anything that was happening in the house,” Geneseo police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Szczensiak said, adding that it is possible that Annese and Hutchinson were asleep at the time. “It occurred in a small area, the bedroom. (There is) no indication that we can say there was an actual struggle that took place. We believe that it was something that probably happened very quickly.”
According to Buffalo News, an audio recording from the call dispatching police to the house said a man phoned in saying ‘his son called from an unknown number and stated that he murdered his girlfriend… and he’s also going to kill himself.’
The University issued this statement regarding the deaths:
“We have experienced a terrible tragedy in Geneseo today involving two of our students and a former student. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.”
Their cause of death is unknown at this time. The Democrat & Chronicle reports that while no gun or firearm was used, a knife was found at the scene.Grief counseling is being provided at the school.
The deaths were discovered two days before the start of Geneseo’s spring semester. The college postponed the men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled for Tuesday and were making counselors available to students and faculty.
Annese, from Webster, New York, usually played only four or five minutes a game for her basketball team but for this season, her final one, ninth-year coach Scott Hemer made Annese a team captain.
It was a reward for the example she set and the way the 2012 Webster Schroeder High School graduate encouraged teammates no matter how many minutes she played.
‘She was an extremely hard-working, dedicated and a sweet girl that could put a smile on anyone’s face’, teammate Kara Houppert said. ‘She always did that for me’.
She wore the number 32 because it is the same number her father wore when he played for Geneseo, according to a bio on the college’s website.
Hutchinson was a player on the men’s hockey team after taking up the sport at age 9.
He had volunteered for more than three years at the Geneseo Fire Department, making a point to take every training opportunity despite his packed schedule as a student athlete, said fire chief Andrew Chanler.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Geneseo Police Department, the New York State Police, the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office and SUNY University Police Department are investigating the SUNY Geneseo stabbings.
Kelsey Annese and Matthew Hutchinson were fatally stabbed in an apartment in Geneseo, New York. (SUNY-Geneseo)