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Sport Albion College's Zachary Winston dies; police say he purposely stepped in front of train

21:25  10 november  2019
21:25  10 november  2019 Source:   freep.com

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Zachary Winston, an Albion College student and basketball player and University of Detroit Jesuit High alum, died Saturday night.

a man wearing a blue dress shirt and tie: Zach Winston© Courtesy of Albion College Athletics Zach Winston

Winston, the younger brother of Michigan State basketball All-American Cassius Winston, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Albion.

“I’m just sick,” longtime U-D Jesuit basketball coach Pat Donnelly told the Free Press. “It’s just devastating. The nicest kid. I’m not a real emotional guy, but at 5 o’clock this morning, I just broke down in tears."

Albion Public Safety chief Scott Kipp told the Battle Creek Enquirer that Zachary Winston intentionally stepped in front of the train, according to his department’s interview with the engineer and based on further police investigation.

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The Albion Department of Public Safety reported the crash at 8:30 p.m. at a crossing near Erie Street in downtown Albion.

Winston was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 19-year old Winston was a sophomore on the Division III Albion men’s basketball team along with youngest brother, Khy. Zachary Winston was cleared to play this week after dealing with an injury and had three points, two assists and two steals in 15 minutes Friday in the Britons' 71-52 loss at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 2.6 points in 13.8 minutes per game last season as a freshman.

"As a community, our hearts are broken today as we share the news of the passing of one of our students, Zachary Winston," Albion College president Mauri Ditzler said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "Zach was a finance major, a student in the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, and member of the Albion College men’s basketball team. Beyond that, he was an extremely charismatic young man with an infectious smile. Zach was a recognized leader who was well known across every facet of our campus, He was a fantastic student with a world of potential before him. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

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a group of people posing for the camera: Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston (center) poses for a photo with his brothers Khy (left) and Zach (right).© Photo courtesy of Zach Winston Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston (center) poses for a photo with his brothers Khy (left) and Zach (right).

"As a campus, we have provided opportunities for students, faculty and staff to receive counseling and support in the challenging days ahead," the statement continued. "We want all students to know they are not alone.

"Our hearts go out to his brothers, Khy, who is a freshman at Albion, and Cassius, who is a senior at Michigan State University, his parents and his extended family. We echo the family’s request in asking everyone to respect their privacy at this time. "

The Winston brothers have been a fixture around MSU since Cassius, now a senior, was being recruited by Tom Izzo. The Britons played No. 1 MSU in an exhibition game on Oct. 29, a game Izzo set up to get all three of them on the court together one time, but Zachary did not play due to his injury. Zachary also played alongside Cassius and other Spartan players during the Moneyball Pro-Am league in the Lansing area the past two summers.

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“I just can’t picture it. That family is so tight, they didn’t do anything without each other,” Donnelly said. “He was the same Zach, all smiles, just a happy kid. Obviously, he was dealing with some things he didn’t put outward.”

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A message left with Albion’s sports information department was not immediately returned.

Amtrak was notified of the crash at 8:41 p.m. The westbound train was delayed 3½ hours at the scene until the investigation was completed. Kipp said.

Amtrak media relations spokeswoman Kimberly D. Woods told the Free Press via email the Amtrak 355 Wolverine Train bound for Chicago “came into contact with a person on the track” and was temporarily suspended. There were 65 passengers on board, and there were no reported injuries on the train.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Albion's Zachary Winston looks on from the bench during the first half on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Zachary, brother of Michigan State's Cassius Winston, didn't play due to an injury.© Nick King/Lansing State Journal Albion's Zachary Winston looks on from the bench during the first half on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Zachary, brother of Michigan State's Cassius Winston, didn't play due to an injury.

Zachary Winston is survived by his two brothers and their parents, Reg and Wendi Winston of Detroit.

Albion police were assisted by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department and the Department of Natural Resources.

It is unclear if Cassius Winston will play in Sunday night’s game for MSU against Binghamton (7 p.m., BTN).

Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Trace Christenson contributed to this story. Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari. Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter.

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