College athlete from North Van, 2 others found dead in upstate NY
Published Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:13PM PST
Last Updated Sunday, January 17, 2016 7:11PM PST
A North Vancouver man in his twenties has been found dead in a house in upstate New York along with two others, officials have confirmed.
Matthew Hutchinson, 24, was a senior at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, as well as a member of the school’s hockey team since 2012.
The Geneseo Police Department said two other individuals in their twenties were also found in an off-campus house on Wadsworth Street in Geneseo, which is south of Rochester. A family member of one of the victims alerted officers to the home around 6 a.m. on Sunday.
The circumstances surrounding the deaths have not yet been released, but Geneseo Police Department spokesman Jeffery Szczesniak said one of the deceased may have been the perpetrator.
"It's still early in our investigation, but with some of the information that was located at the scene, it gives us some preliminary information that we can say that one of the individuals may have been the perpetrator on scene. Again, still too early to say," Szczesniak, adding no gun was used, and a knife was found inside the home.
SUNY Geneseo confirmed all three adults were either students or former students at the college.
Kelsey Annese, 21, was a senior from Webster, New York, as well as a member of the women's basketball team.
Colin Kingston, 24, was a former student from Geneseo who had previously attended the college.
Police said the bodies were found in Annese’s home.
“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,” SUNY Geneseo said in a statement released Sunday.
Hutchinson was a geography major and a business studies minor, the college confirmed, as well as a member of the Geneseo volunteer fire department.
He played for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League, and began playing hockey when he was nine years old.
In an online bio, Hutchinson said his favourite athletic moment was “winning gold medal with Team Canada in 2012 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships” in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Hutchinson was also a firefighter with the BC Wildfire Service.
Police are calling the deaths an isolated incident, adding there is no concern for public safety. An investigation is ongoing.