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Authorities believe a Geneseo resident and former SUNY Geneseo student apparently killed a young woman and another young man with a knife before taking his own life early Sunday in an off-campus house near the college campus in Livingston County.
A 911 call from a worried father who said his son told him he had killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself led Geneseo police to the grisly discovery of the three bodies Sunday morning.
The discovery shocked the SUNY campus, where two of the deceased were student-athletes, and the small Geneseo community, where the third person lived.
Police identified the three as Kelsey Annese, 21, a senior from Webster and a member of the women’s basketball team; Matthew Hutchinson, 24, a senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, a player on the men’s hockey team and a member of the Geneseo Volunteer Fire Department; and Colin Kingston, 24, a Geneseo resident who previously had attended the college.
“At this time, it’s too early in our investigation to label this a murder-suicide,” Geneseo Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Szczesniak said Sunday, but he added, “We believe the perpetrator is one of the deceased.”
A 911 audio tape available on Facebook seems to bear out that last statement.
“[The father] reported that his son, Colin Kingston, just called him from unknown number, and he said he murdered his girlfriend, ... and he’s also going to kill himself,” the 911 dispatcher says on the tape, before adding, “Unknown means, unknown address.”
Szczesniak said police received the call at about 6 a.m., and found the three inside a house at 18 Wadsworth St. He would not identify who called police or disclose the cause of the victims’ deaths or what led to the incident, but he said no firearm was used.
“Certainly part of our investigation is to backtrack the events and whereabouts of each individual, and that is an ongoing process at this time,” he said.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said a knife was used in the killings. At least two of the three were found in a bedroom, the source said.
An audio recording captured from the call dispatching police states that a man called in, “said his son called from an unknown number, and stated that he murdered his girlfriend … and he’s also going to kill himself.”
That started the search for the house on Wadsworth, where there is off-campus student housing and where police discovered the bodies.
Szczesniak said that it was “too early” to name a suspect in the case. “We’re still investigating how this situation occurred,” he said in a news conference streamed live by WHEC, a Rochester television station. Police had not yet located anyone who had seen or heard the incident occurring, he said. Another news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.
While the 911 call was from outside the house, Szczesniak said, there were other people in the house at the time of the deaths. But, he said, they had no indication that anything was happening.
The green house still had a Christmas wreath on the door and red ribbon around white columns on either side of the door as police went in and out of the house Sunday, conducting their investigation.
SUNY Geneseo police, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office are also involved in the investigation. SUNY Geneseo put several updates of information on Twitter and on its Facebook accounts.
“Geneseo police says there is no concern for public safety in Geneseo and that it is an isolated incident,” SUNY Geneseo stated at one point on Facebook.
“We have experienced a terrible tragedy in Geneseo today involving members of our community,” SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles said in a statement. “The loss of Kelsey, Matthew, and Colin has profoundly affected our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.”
Police said Annese lived at the Wadsworth home. Her team played in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon against SUNY Buffalo State. Annese, a guard, played 13 minutes and scored five points in her team’s 63-52 victory. She was a Spanish/education major with a minor in psychology.
Hutchinson, a defenseman, appeared in eight games for the hockey team this season. Hutchinson wrote an online commentary for the college about his desire to be a full-time firefighter, including a photo of him dressed in firefighting gear. He was a geography major and a business studies minor.
In his commentary, Hutchinson recalled a summer stint with the British Columbia Wildfire Service: “The days can be long, the work grueling, but very rewarding. When you get up close and personal, it gets hot, your adrenaline gets going quick. You have to respect what you’re dealing with.”
Kingston was not registered for the spring semester, according to the college, but previously attended the college.
The college established a Web page containing information about available counseling services for students, faculty and staff. Counseling staff will be available in Sturges Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and after Monday, therapists will be available in Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling.
After-hours counseling is available through several organizations.
The college is planning a remembrance service but has not finalized details.
Classes for the spring semester start Tuesday and will go on as scheduled, the college announced.
Szczesniak said he could not recall another homicide in the Village of Geneseo in his 23 years with the Police Department.
The campus is about a 90-minute drive from Buffalo. The college, which has about 5,600 full-time undergraduate students, describes itself as “one of the most selective public colleges in the country.”
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