GENESEO – Hearts were heavy Wednesday night as SUNY Geneseo mourned the loss of two students, Kelsey Annsese and Matthew Hutchinson.
The tragedy at 18 Wadsworth Street has left many in our community at a loss for words. Here were a few that were shared at Wednesday’s ceremony at Kuhl Gym on the college campus.
“I feel that we are all teammates here tonight and always will be,” said Brad Campion, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Commission. “Tonight and forever we are one knight with one beating heart.”
The College’s entire gym was filled with attendees for the ceremony.
Faculty members spoke kindly of Hutchinson’s talents, both on and off campus.
“Matt was a quintessential Western Canadian Kid, and a Geographer through and through,” said David Robertson, an Associate Professor in the Geography Department. “He was well on his way to becoming a townie.”
Annese’s coach said that she was a role model wherever she went.
“Kelsey taught her team how to live life the right way,” said Scott Hemer, women’s basketball coach. “She was a great leader, a great role model, a great friend.”
The families of those lost in the tragedy are planning funerary services for their loved ones.
A memorial procession circled the college’s ice hockey rink and basketball court after the ceremony.
“We are not alone. We are Geneseo. We are one.” said SUNY Geneseo President Denise Battles.
Additional reporting by Sean Delles.