Police: Break-up led to Geneseo murder-suicide
GENESEO, N.Y. (CNY CENTRAL) - Police believe a man entered a home in Geneseo, killed his ex-girlfriend and a man she was with and then killed himself Sunday morning.
Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster, Matthew G. Hutchinson, 24, of Vancouver and Colin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo were all found in the house on Wadsworth St. on Sunday morning. On Monday police said they believe Kingston killed the other two before ultimately killing himself.
Kingston had purchased a "large knife" and brought it with him to the home, according to police. All of the events took place in a single bedroom in the house where Annese and other members of the SUNY Geneseo girl's basketball team lived. Four other people were in the home at the time, but heard nothing according to police.
Police say Kingston stabbed Annese and Hutchinson, and then called his father and told him about what had happened. He then hung up the phone and killed himself. All of this happened sometime between 5:30 a.m. (police were issuing tickets at this time and didn't see Kingston's car) and 6:21 a.m., when Kingston's father placed a call to 911, saying "something had happened."
Kingston and Annese had dated for three years before a recent breakup, according to family and friends, and Kingston allegedly had made suicidal comments in the past, but no one had heard him make any threats.
The back door of the home was unlocked, allowing Kingston to enter without forcing his way in. Police say there are no documented incidents between Annese and Kingston and Kingston doesn't have a criminal history. Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey is still investigating, but at this time said it appears Kingston was the sole perpetrator in this case and there are no charges.
The other people who were living at the Wadsworth St. home have been given alternative places to stay.
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 have all been part of the investigation.
SUNY Geneseo confirmed Sunday that Annese and Hutchinson were attending the college, while Kingston was a former student.
Annese was a senior and a member of the college's women's basketball team, majoring in Education/Spanish and minoring in Psychology. She lived in the home on Wadsworth St., according to police.
Hutchinson was a senior and a member of the college's hockey team, all while also volunteering at the Geneseo Volunteer Fire Department. He was studying Geography while minoring in Business Studies.
Kingston lived in Geneseo and had previously attended SUNY Geneseo.
SUNY Geneseo is placing flags on its campus at half-staff to honor the victims, although classes will be in session as scheduled Tuesday. A remembrance will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Counseling is also being offered to students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by the incident.
A boy's and girl's basketball game that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday has been postponed.