'Distraught' Former Student Allegedly Killed Ex-Girlfriend and Another Student in Murder-Suicide at SUNY Geneseo Just One Week After Breakup
Police say Colin Kingston stabbed his ex-girlfriend Kelsey Annese and Matthew Hutchinson to death at her off-campus home near SUNY Geneseo in New York
A former SUNY Geneseo student “distraught” over a recent breakup stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend and a fellow college athlete in her off-campus home before turning the knife on himself, PEOPLE has learned.
Colin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo, New York, stabbed his ex-girlfriend Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster, New York, and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of Vancouver, British Columbia, to death before killing himself on Sunday, just one week after he and Annese broke up, Geneseo Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Szczesniak tells PEOPLE.
“Mr. Kingston was distraught over the recent breakup,” Szczesniak says, noting that Kingston took a knife with him to Annese’s home that morning.
“He did purchase it at an earlier time and take it to the scene with him. So we can only infer at this time that he either intended to use the knife to threaten somebody, to harm himself or harm Ms. Annese.”
Police say Annese and Hutchinson were in her bedroom, possibly asleep, when Kingston entered the home, according to the Associated Press. Kingston, a former student at the university, killed them both and called his father before killing himself.
Police found the three bodies in Annese’s off-campus home, just blocks away from the SUNY Geneseo campus around 6:30a.m. on Sunday.
Szczesniak said there were no signs of a break-in at the home and “although several doors were locked, a rear door was unlocked,” the AP reports.
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Szczesniak tells PEOPLE that police received a call from Kingston’s father at 6:21a.m., saying that his son told him he had hurt Annese and planned to kill himself.
Authorities say they believe the deaths occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Szczesniak said at a news conference on Monday that Kingston recently made suicidal comments and that neither Kingston nor the other deceased had criminal records, the AP reports.
The student’s deaths occurred just days before the start of the university’s spring semester. Annese, a senior at the school, was an education major and played on the school’s women’s basketball team, according to a statement on the university’s website.
Hutchinson, also a senior, was a geography major and a member of the university’s hockey team.
“It is a profoundly sad day for the college and village of Geneseo,” college president Denise Battles said, per the AP. “We realize that members of our community will handle this tragedy differently. We will be supplying professional counseling services for Kelsey’s teammates.”
Classes will be held on Tuesday but the men’s and women’s basketball games have been postponed, CNN reports.
“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, per CNN.