Kevin Figaniak, 21, a college student at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, was beaten to death after he and friend were ‘jumped from behind’ by a group of men as they walked back to campus from a bar at 1:45AM Saturday morning, during Labor Day weekend.
Kevin suffered severe head trauma in the attack and died at a Pittsburgh area hospital 24 hours later.
His friend, who suffered only bumps and bruises, told police they had been ‘jumped from behind’ by four men about a mile from their campus.
Wheeling Police say that two men have been charged in the beating death. Just after midnight, Wheeling Police and Ohio County Sheriffs arrested Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla. and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La. They were arrested at a campsite frequented by workers in the oil and gas industry, according to police.
Both were taken to the Northern Regional Jail in W. Va., and charged with murder. They are both being held on $1 million bond.
Kevin, originally from Perkasie, Bucks County, PA, was a hockey and lacrosse player in his senior year at Wheeling where he was majoring in business.
WJU president Rev. James Fleming released a statement, saying:
Kevin spent the last three years at Wheeling Jesuit forging friendships and in his final hours, Kevin was surrounded by those friends and his family, who, through their love and prayers, brought Kevin home to Jesus.
Our prayers are with his friends and family at this time.