This is so sad. Three SUNY college students were found dead in a home just blocks away from the school’s Geneseo campus on Jan. 17 in what is believed to be a horrifying double murder-suicide. Get the tragic details below.
The bodies of SUNY students Kelsey Annese, 21, Matthew Hutchinson, 24, and former student Colin Kingston, 24, were found dead in a home just steps outside the school’s Geneseo, New York campus in the early morning hours on Jan. 17. Police reportedly discovered the tragic scene after a 911 call from a worried father who said his son had called him to say he had killed his girlfriend and was going kill himself. At least two of the victims were found in a bedroom along with a knife, leading police to believe that a double murder-suicide may have taken place.
The incident reportedly took place at an off-campus student house at 18 Wadsworth St. around 6 a.m. on Jan. 17 when police intercepted a call from one of the victims’s fathers who told them “his son called from an unknown number and stated that he murdered his girlfriend and was going to kill himself,” Buffalo News reports. While police refused to identify who reported the incident, they did confirm that no firearm was used, but a knife was recovered from the scene.
At this time the police are hesitant to label the crime as a double murder-suicide, as they are still trying to account for the timeline of events leading up to the deaths. “At this time, it’s too early in our investigation to label this a murder-suicide,” said Geneseo Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Szczesniak, adding, “We believe the perpetrator is one of the deceased.”
While the 911 call came from outside the house, Jeffrey said, there were other people in the house at the time of the deaths, but they had no indication that anything was happening.
The discovery no doubt sent shockwaves around the SUNY campus — where both Kelsey and Matthew were prominent student-athletes — and the small Geneseo community, where Colin lived. Kelsey, a senior from Webster, N.Y., was a member of the women’s basketball team, while Matthew, a senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, was a player on the men’s hockey team and a member of the Geneseo Volunteer Fire Department. Colin meanwhile, a long-time resident of the town, had previously attended the small college and was said to be a member of a prominent Geneseo family.
“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.”
As always, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends during this very difficult time.