GENESEO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say Colin Kingston had made suicidal references to several people before showing up to an off-campus home on Wadsworth Street early Sunday, and killing his ex-girlfriend and her friend. Then, he turned the knife on himself.
Kingston, 24, of Geneseo, was a student at SUNY Geneseo until the spring of 2013. He was a former basketball player, who had dated Kelsey Annese, 21, a senior on the women’s baseketball team.
Police say a recent breakup became too much for Kingston, and it drove him to kill.
“There is some indication that Mr. Kingston was certainly very upset with the recent break up,” said
Jeffrey Szczesniak, public information officer for Geneseo police. “He had made some suicidal comments to several people, but there was no actual threats to harm Ms. Annese or anybody else.”
Police said sometime between 5:30 a.m. and approximately 6:20 a.m., Kingston showed up to 18 Wadsworth St., armed with a knife he’d bought at a local store. Annese and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, were asleep upstairs.
Police say whatever happened in the minutes that followed likely was over shortly after it began.
“It occurred in a small area, the bedroom,” Szczesniak said. “There’s no indication that there was an actual struggle that took place. We believe that it was something that happened very quickly.”
Students were returning to campus Monday for the start to the spring semester amid unspeakable tragedy for the small campus.
“Many of our students were looking forward to coming back and starting a new semester, and then to be hit with this, so given this, it’s quite sobering, and shocking,” said Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life at SUNY Geneseo. “We know we can lean on each other in times like this and that’s so important to help us get through it.”
Members of the university said it’s a tragic way to begin the spring semester. But they’ll come together– to support each other, and their school.
While Kelsey was a senior on the women’s basketball team, Hutchinson was an athlete as well, playing on the men’s varsity hockey team.
Hutchinson was also a member of the Geneseo Volunteer Fire Department, where he was remembered fondly on Monday.
“Very dedicated firefighter, ” said Geneseo Fire Chief Andrew Chanler. ” And certainly a tremendous loss to our department and our community as a whole.
Hutchinson became a member of Geneseo Fire in November 2012, joining other full time students, which make up nearly half of the department.
“I can say that Matt was really in the upper echelon of our department,” Chanler said. “He was trained and qualified to perform all duties as a firefighter. He also held EMT certification so really there wasn’t anything that Matt couldn’t do with us. So it’s been very difficult for our department.”
Megan Johnson says she knows the Kingston family. And she’s was taken aback by the news.
“Very shocking. It’s not normal for a small town like this,” Johnson said. “Geneseo has a great college and just hearing something like this is just unbelievable.”
The university said Monday both the men’s and women’s basketball games that were originally scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed.