Brother of Michigan State's Cassius Winston struck and killed by train

Winston Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston poses for

Late Saturday night, Zachary Winston, brother of Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Albion, Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The news, first reported by the Detroit Free Press and confirmed to MLive by Albion police, has sent waves across MI and the college basketball landscape. According to Kipp, Winston stepped in front of the train as it approached a pedestrian crosswalk just past the Erie Street crossing. "Kind, intelligent, outgoing, funny, talented and had a heart or gold".

Albion College president Mauri Ditzler released a statement Sunday afternoon asking for privacy for the family and offering counseling opportunities for students, faculty and staff. "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".

"He was an extremely charismatic young man with an infectious smile".

The train was delayed over three hours at the scene until the investigation was completed. "He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed". "And as families do in hard times, we must come together to mourn and to embrace one another".

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A short time ago, Michigan State associate head coach Dane Fife confirmed Zachary's death and tweeted a tribute to him.

Michigan State faced off against the Britons on October 29th in an exhibition game that was truly a family affair as Cassius Winston was able to face off against his two younger brothers, Zachary Winston and Khy Winston.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo released a statement Sunday, saying, "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. Zachary also played alongside Cassius and other Spartan players during the Moneyball Pro-Am league in the Lansing area the past two summers.

No. 1 Michigan State is scheduled to play Binghamton in East Lansing at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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