Dating violence news stories
Unlike Barnes' story, where signs of abuse were present during the relationship, the story of Kelsey Annese, or at least what is known of it, was seemingly different.
While Barnes had feared for her life at points throughout her relationship, friends of Annese said the more than three years that she spent dating Kingston seemed nothing short of healthy.
But what they described as "one terrible act that no one saw coming" resulted in three lives lost on a January day in 2016.
Dana Cohan, Allison Mc Kenna and Lea Sobieraski were teammates, friends and co-captains of the Geneseo women's basketball team with Annese. Neither was home the night she was murdered."When you think of an unhealthy relationship, you think of situations where if the two aren't always together, then one person gets mad, but they weren't like that," said Cohan. They'd do homework or make dinner, but if you didn't know her you might not even realize that she had a boyfriend."Like Annese, Cohan grew up in Rochester.
She said that the two didn't become friends until their time at Geneseo, where they both played basketball and attended school, but that she had known who Annese was from their youth sports careers."I would always hate playing against her because she had the longest arms," Cohan said with a laugh.
While Sobieraski and Mc Kenna said that they didn't know much about Kingston, Cohan said that she spent the summer between her sophomore and junior years of college hanging out with Annese, Kingston and a third friend from Rochester. "I honestly never thought a bad thing about him and that just made the whole thing that much more confusing."Robert A.
The victims were identified as: Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster, and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The assailant was identified as Colin Kingston, 24, of Geneseo.
Mc Kenna said that while she didn't really know Kingston, she would always see him in the stands at basketball games."I always thought that it was really nice of him to be there," she said.
"I never saw them fight."But with graduation around the corner, friends said Annese began pondering life without Kingston, and made the decision to end the relationship in early January."I was actually in my room when they broke up. I came downstairs, and she was crying and she told me that she just broke up with Colin in her room.
I didn't even hear anything, there wasn't any yelling, but she did say that he was pretty upset," said Mc Kenna. I think she was just at a different point in her life where that wasn't what she wanted anymore.She had mentioned wanting to go away to New York City to teach.She didn't want him to have to follow her."Former teammate: 'Everyone loved Kelsey' l SUNY Geneseo remembers vicims with memorial service l Kelsey Annese's impact lives on In the early morning hours of Jan. Those are the words used to describe that morning, and the days, weeks, months and soon-to-be years that have followed.17, Mc Kenna was asleep in a hotel with her parents who had come in for the weekend from Long Island, Cohan was in bed at her home in Rochester, and Sobieraski had just woken up to her phone vibrating, which she answered from her room in Buffalo. "No one in the house heard a thing, so we have no idea how things played out,” said Sobieraski, referring to other housemates who were there at the time of the murders. While the exact details of that night and why Kingston chose to do what he did, remain unknown, one thing that's been made evident is that the reach of dating violence extends far beyond what one might assume as the traditional definition."Nothing that I ever saw would have made me think that something like this would ever happen," said Mc Kenna. Waiting for the doors to open for the remembrance ceremony in the Kuhl Gymnasium of the SUNY Geneseo campus for Kelsey Annese, 21, of Webster and Matthew Hutchinson, 24, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, who were stabbed to death by former student Colin Kingston.