Brother of Michigan State's Cassius Winston dies after struck by train

Tanya Simon
November 11, 2019

The brother of Michigan State star Cassius Winston died in a train accident on Saturday night in Albion, Michigan. The collision occurred at the pedestrian crossing just west of the Erie Street crossing.

Kipp said the investigation and an interview with the train's engineer have led police to believe that Winston stepped in front of the train intentionally.

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

Winston was the middle of the three Winston brothers, who are from Detroit and played high school basketball for U-D Jesuit.

The 19-year old Winston was a sophomore on the Division III Albion men's basketball team along with youngest brother, Khy.

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Albion College president Mauri A. Ditzler released a statement Sunday, but did not mention Winston's name. Beyond that, he was an extremely charismatic young man with an infectious smile. Train traffic was delayed for around 3 hours while authorities investigated the incident. 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 missed an October 29 exhibition against No. 1 Michigan State, putting all three Winston brothers together in the arena, but returned this week in a loss to Mount Union. "He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed". "We plan to offer grief counseling to our community and will be sharing details later today". We echo the family's request in asking everyone to respect their privacy at this time. "Their pain over the sudden loss of Zachary is unimaginable".

MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo released a statement on behalf of the team that said, "Our hearts are filled with sorrow for the Winston family. We have been in close contact with the student's family and are doing everything we can to support them", Ditzler said.

Michigan State, now ranked No. 1 in college basketball, is scheduled to play Binghamton on Sunday night. At this time it's unclear if Cassius Winston will be playing in the game.

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