UPDATE: Third Person Wanted in Connection with Murder of Wheeling Jesuit Student

By: WSAZ, Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ, Associated Press Email

UPDATE 9/4/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- Wheeling police say they're looking for a third person who may have been involved in the fatal beating of a Wheeling Jesuit University student.

Two men are charged with murder, but Detective Sgt. Gregg McKenzie tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the suspects say at least one other person was involved in the fight.

McKenzie didn't immediately return a message Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pa., died early Sunday after an attack on the school campus.

Police charged 22-year-old Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Fla., and 24-year-old Jarrett Chandler of Winnfield, La., with murder.

Both remain in the Northern Regional Jail on $1 million bond.

Figaniak was a senior business major who played varsity lacrosse.

A friend who was with Figaniak says they were attacked by three or four men.

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UPDATE 9/3/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
WHEELING, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the assault and death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student.

Wheeling Police say Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were arrested around 12:15 Tuesday morning.

Police say the two men were found on National Road, at a campsite which is frequented by workers in the oil and gas industry.

Both men are charged with murder and are each being held on a $1 million, cash only, bond.

Investigators say the men were involved in an attack around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the area of National Road and Locust Avenue.

They say they found Kevin Figaniak, 21, unresponsive and with head trauma. He was taken to a Wheeling hospital, then transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he died from his injuries.

According to police, Figaniak was a student and athlete at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Prosecutors say additional charges could be filed in the case.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/2/13 @ 8:50 p.m.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police say a college student from Pennsylvania died in a Pittsburgh hospital a day after he was injured in an assault near his West Virginia campus.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office says 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie was pronounced dead just after 3 a.m. Sunday at UPMC Presbyterian.

Police in West Virginia say he and a friend were walking toward Wheeling Jesuit University campus when they were attacked by three or four other men about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

Police in Wheeling have not announced any arrests but police chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the department is "vigorously investigating" the case.

Figaniak, a senior majoring in business, played on Wheeling Jesuit's varsity lacrosse team and was also a member of the school's club hockey team.


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