Authorities are investigating the deaths of two college students and one former student at a house in upstate New York as a murder-sucide, a police spokesman revealed Sunday.
The bodies of Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster, N.Y.; Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Collin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo, N.Y., were found early Sunday at a house blocks from the SUNY Geneseo campus, about 35 miles south of Rochester.
“We believe the perpetrator is one of the deceased,” Geneseo Police spokesman Jeffrey Szczesniak told the Buffalo News, after noting it was too early to formally declare the case closed. Authorities were scheduled to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. EST Monday to discuss the case.
The Buffalo News reported that the 911 call that led authorities to the house at around 6 a.m. Sunday was made by a man who said his son had told him that he had just killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself.
Police said no firearm was used, but a knife was recovered. The Buffalo News reported that two of the three bodies were found in a bedroom, and that Annese lived at the house.
Szczesniak told reporters Sunday that he could not recall another homicide in Geneseo in his 23 years with the town’s Police Department.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that Annese was a senior guard on SUNY Geneseo’s basketball team, and had played in a game hours before she died. Hutchinson was a senior defenseman on the school’s hockey team and had also played for the school on Saturday night.
The paper also reported that Kingston, who had been a SUNY Geneseo student, but was not enrolled for the spring semester, was from a prominent family in the town with a presence dating back to the 1840s.
Geneseo, which describes itself as “one of the most selective public colleges in the country”, has approximately 5,600 full-time undergraduate students.
We have experienced a terrible tragedy in Geneseo today involving members of our community,” SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles said in a news release Sunday. “The loss of Kelsey, Matthew, and Colin has profoundly affected our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.”