Colin Kingston: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Colin Kingston, left, is accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Kelsey Annese, and Matthew Hutchinson before killing himself, police say. (LinkedIn/SUNY-Geneseo)

A 24-year-old New York man angry about a recent breakup fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend and another SUNY-Geneseo college student before killing himself, New York State Police say.

Colin Kingston killed Kelsey Annese, 21, and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, Sunday morning in an apartment in Geneseo near the college campus, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.

Annese, of Webster, New York, played basketball at the school. Hutchinson, of North Vancouver, Canada, was on the hockey team. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Geneseo.

Kingston was also a former student at Geneseo.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Kingston’s Father Called 911 & Told Police His Son Killed His Girlfriend & Was Going to Kill Himself

Police found Colin Kingston, Kelsey Annese and Matthew Hutchinson dead at about 6 a.m. in an off-campus apartment on Wadsworth Street in Geneseo, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

They had all suffered stab wounds from a large knife, police said.

According to police and radio transmissions recorded from a scanner, the officers were sent to the apartment after Kingston’s father called 911. He told police that his son had killed his Annese and was going to kill himself.
Kingston’s father called 911 at about 6:30 a.m.

“When the phone call was terminated by Colin, shortly thereafter Colin [appeared to] have taken his own life,” Geneseo Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Szczesniak told reporters at a press conference Monday afternoon, according to the Buffalo News.

2. He Was Last Seen in a Local Bar Area & Had Talked About Suicide, Police Say

Kingston had last been seen Saturday night in the Geneseo bar district, police said Monday at a press conference. The killings happened hours later.

Police said Kingston had recently made “suicidal comments” to people.

Two other people were in the home when the stabbing happened, police said. Kingston climbed up “flights of stairs” to get to the room where Hutchinson and Annese were sleeping, according to police.

3. Kingston & Annese Dated for About 3 Years Before She Broke Up With Him

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Kelsey Annese dated Colin Kingston for about three years, police said. (Facebook)

Kingston and Annese had dated for about three years, police said Monday. She had recently broken up with him, according to police.

“We believe Mr. Kingston was distraught over the breakup, which led to the events yesterday,” Officer Szczesniak said at the press conference.

Police said Annese was not dating the other victim, Hutchinson.

All three had played on SUNY-Geneseo sports teams. Like Annese, Kingston had played on the school’s basketball team. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 2009.

“He was one of my favorite kids … I loved his attitude … He was our toughest guy, toughest defender. He was about 6-3. Just a very physical kid. A farm kid, you know? Just went after it and always competed,” his former high school coach, Rich Miles, told the Democrat & Chronicle. I really liked him a lot. He was one of my favorites, easily. He never complained. He showed up. He worked hard.”

Hutchinson and Annese had both played in games on Saturday, hours before they were killed.

“Everyone loved Kelsey. She really will be missed by a lot of people,” her Geneseo teammate, Kara Houppert, told the Democrat & Chronicle. Annese was a team captain.

Hutchinson was a senior defenseman on the hockey team.

“He was stand-up,” Keith Walters, a photographer who knew Hutchinson through the hockey team, told the newspaper. “He had had aspirations to go back to Canada to become a wilderness firefighter.”

4. Kingston Did Not Graduate From Geneseo & Called Himself an ‘Aspiring Businessman’

Kingston did not graduate from SUNY-Geneseo, according to the school. He was not enrolled for the spring semester.

On his LinkedIn page he claimed to have graduated in 2013 and called himself an “aspiring businessman.” He was working as a sales associate at GNC, a nutritional store, and also as a farmhand at his family’s farm.

The university, which is home to about 5,000 undergraduate students, said on its website that it is offering support to students affected by the tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved. It is our hope that we can rally together to support each other during this time of mourning,” the school said on a webpage set up to provide updates about the tragic deaths.

5. He Was a Member of a Prominent Geneseo Family

Kingston was a member of a prominent Geneseo family, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

His family’s farm dates back to 1840. His late grandfather, Walter Kingston, was a school board member and supervisor of the town.

“They are just the backbone of Geneseo,” former school board member and family friend Bob McDonald told the newspaper.