Police find 3 dead in house near SUNY Geneseo campus

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Three Students Found Dead in Geneseo Home

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) -- A 24-year-old man distraught over a recent breakup stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend and a fellow college athlete she was with in her off-campus bedroom before apparently killing himself with the same knife, police said Monday.

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Colin Kingston, of Geneseo, entered Kelsey Annese's apartment around 6 a.m. Sunday near the State University of New York at Geneseo in upstate New York, police officer Jeffrey Szczensiak told reporters Monday. Kingston, who brought a large knife he had recently purchased, found her with another student, Matthew Hutchinson, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kingston, a former student at the school, killed them both. It's possible that Annese, 21, and Hutchinson, 24, were sleeping when Kingston entered, but police were not sure. Kingston called his father before killing himself, Szczensiak said.

"All indications are that Mr. Kingston used the same knife to take his own life," Szczensiak said. He added that Kingston had recently made suicidal comments, and that he had no criminal history.

The deaths of the two students - a women's basketball team captain and a men's hockey player - occurred two days before the start of Geneseo's spring semester. The college about 35 miles south of Rochester postponed the men's and women's basketball games scheduled for Tuesday and were making counselors available to students and faculty.

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Kelsey Annese is seen in an undated photo provided by SUNY Geneseo. Three bodies were discovered Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, near the State University of New York at Geneseo after Geneseo police responded to the home around 6 a.m. Sunday following a 911 call. The dead were identified as 21-year-old Kelsey Annese, of Webster, New York; 24-year-old Matthew Hutchinson, of Vancouver, British Columbia; and 24-year-old Colin Kingston, of Geneseo. Police said Annese and Hutchinson were students at Geneseo and Kingston was a former student. (Keith Walters/SUNY Geneseo via AP)
Matt Hutchnson is seen in an undated photo provided by SUNY Geneseo. Three bodies were discovered Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, near the State University of New York at Geneseo after Geneseo police responded to the home around 6 a.m. Sunday following a 911 call. The dead were identified as 21-year-old Kelsey Annese, of Webster, New York; 24-year-old Matthew Hutchinson, of Vancouver, British Columbia; and 24-year-old Colin Kingston, of Geneseo. Police said Annese and Hutchinson were students at Geneseo and Kingston was a former student. (Keith Walters/SUNY Geneseo via AP)
"He's one of those people who was a role model for everybody." Remembering the Geneseo victims - tonight at 10 & 11 https://t.co/toZSQOWGzN
2 pics of Kelsey Annese from her teammates. My story: "Everyone loved Kelsey." #Geneseo https://t.co/EeolzYbU0Z https://t.co/x4iCXAmfB0
Photos of the 3 victims found dead in a Geneseo home this morning: https://t.co/5i6ENYOMt6 https://t.co/0I5HQlhIY1
"Everyone loved Kelsey" -Teammates react to death of #Geneseo & ex-Schroeder player #Annese https://t.co/n5OXLNXHkN https://t.co/6hlaRHZ9gl
We have experienced a terrible tragedy today in Geneseo. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families. https://t.co/20uFeGsdPU
Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of 3 in house near SUNY Geneseo campus https://t.co/UnG2ZkyodH
Praying for Geneseo tonight. The SUNYAC has always been close knit and may everyone help the Knights through these tragedies.
@GeneseoKnights Neumann sends thoughts & prayers to the family, University, and hockey program of SUNY Geneseo.@d3hky
The world is an ugly place and ugly things happen to good people. In shock with the rest of the community and my heart goes out #Geneseo
Sad news out of Geneseo. One of the 3 individuals found dead this morning in an off-campus house was Senior Dman Matthew Hutchinson. #RIP
Shocked, devastated, and incredibly saddened. Thoughts and prayers to all Geneseo friends and families. Stay strong, Ice Knights. 💙 #23
I really can't believe what's happened in geneseo today 😔 prayers to all the families affected
Police say the 2 men, woman found dead in Geneseo house appeared to be in their 20s. https://t.co/XpjXfNSGKd https://t.co/EtfREwo5hl
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"It is a profoundly sad day for the college and village of Geneseo," college president Denise Battles said, in a shaky voice nearing tears. "We realize that members of our community will handle this tragedy differently. We will be supplying professional counseling services for Kelsey's teammates."

Annese wore the number 32 because it is the same number her father wore when he played for Geneseo, according to the college's website.

Her coach, Scott Hemer, said the senior education major was selfless, and "a grinder" with a work ethic respected by her coaches and teammates.

"Kelsey will always be one of my all-time favorite players not because of anything she will have her name next to in the record book, but because of the type of person she was," Hemer said.

Hutchinson took up hockey at age 9 and played defense for the Geneseo Knights, according to his athlete bio. He had volunteered for more than three years at the Geneseo Fire Department, making a point to take every training opportunity despite his packed schedule as a student athlete, said fire chief Andrew Chanler.

"Matt did everything at the highest level," Chanler said. "He put effort into these things like nobody else."

Chanler said Hutchinson wanted to be a professional firefighter after college and had worked last summer as a forest firefighter back home in British Columbia.

There were no signs of a break-in at the off-campus home primarily populated by women's basketball team members.

"All indications in our investigation at this time is that there was no forceful entry," Szczensiak said, "although several doors were locked, a rear door was unlocked."

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Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed from Albany, N.Y.

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