MSU basketball player Cassius Winston's brother dies after being hit by train

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Albion, MI (WILX) -- Rising basketball star and Albion student athlete Zachary Winston died Saturday night after he was hit by an oncoming train in Albion.

The Winston brothers Cassius, Zachary (center) and Khy pose for a photo before the Michigan State/Albion exhibition game on October, 29th 2019

Zachary Winston is the brother of MSU basketball player Cassius Winston and Albion freshman, Khy Winston.

Albion Chief of Public Safety Scott Kipp confirmed that Winston died at 8:30 Saturday night when he intentionally stepped onto the tracks in front of the oncoming Amtrak.

Kipp said that the investigation did show the incident was intentional after talking to the engineer conducting the Amtrak train and doing follow up interviews.

Kipp said the investigation is complete at this time and the Department of Public Safety is waiting for the medical examiner's report to determine toxicology.

The train, Wolverine Train 355, a passenger train heading to Chicago, was delayed three and half hours. T

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly D. Woods said 65 passengers were aboard the train at the time.

Winston was a sophomore at Albion College and University of Detroit Jesuit High graduate.

Zachary was described as able to light up a room and a charismatic leader on campus.

On the Albion College Men's Basketball Team roster, Winston is quoted as saying he chose to attend Albion because "it felt like a second home ever since his first campus visit."

An updated statement addressed to the Albion College community from Albion College President Mauri Ditzler said "As a community, our hearts are broken today as we share the news of the passing of one of our students, Zachary Winston.

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."

Ditzler said the college plans to offer grief counseling and will be sharing details later Sunday.

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.

Their pain over the student loss of Zachary is unimaginable.

It's impossible to find the right words in this moment, other than to say that will support the family in whatever way they need."

MSU basketball will play Binghamton Bearcats at the Breslin Center Sunday at 7 p.m. At this time it's unclear if Cassius Winston will be playing in the game.

Athletes and friends of Winston have tweeted their condolences.

MSU assistant basketball coach Dane Fife tweeted this morning.

MSU running back Elijah Collins and University of Detroit Jesuit High alumni tweeted.

Copyright 2019 WILX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.