Two men have been arrested in the murder of a Wheeling Jesuit University student over the weekend, and police said both men were arrested at a campsite frequented by oil and gas workers in the area.
Wheeling Police say Craig Tyler Peacock, 22 of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were both charged with murder and arraigned by Magistrate Harry Radcliffe early Sept. 3.
Both men are lodged in the Northern Regional Jail. Radcliffe set their bond at $1 million, cash only. According to Wheeling Police, the investigation is still active and additional charges could come in the near future.
On Sept. 2, Wheeling Jesuit released the following statement:
"We, the Wheeling Jesuit University community, would like to express our deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the alumni, friends, neighboring colleges and the local Wheeling community for your outpouring of love and prayers during this very difficult time on our campus. We ask that you keep Kevin Figaniak's family and the WJU community in your prayers during this time of mourning. It is through this support that we draw the strength to cope with the loss of our fallen brother."
Wheeling Police were notified on Sunday morning that Kevin Figaniak, a Wheeling Jesuit University student who suffered severe head trauma after a Saturday morning assault, passed away from his injuries at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at approximately 3:05 a.m. Sunday.
Figaniak was taken to UPMC overnight after initially being taken to Wheeling Hospital.
Wheeling Police urge anyone with information on the assault that occurred near the corner of Locust Avenue and National Road to come forward. Police were told the suspects were three to four white males in their mid-twenties. Two suspects had brown hair and were wearing blue jeans and a third suspect was wearing a hat. Three or four men fled the scene before police arrived. No motive is known at this time.
If you have any information that could help authorities, call the Lauttamus Security Crimefighters Tipline at 1-800-223-0312. All calls are confidential and you do not have to leave your name.
One man is clinging to life after a brutal late night beating Friday.
Kevin Figaniak, a Wheeling Jesuit student, remains in critical condition at Wheeling Hospital Saturday after being attacked Friday night near the corner of Locust Avenue and National Road.
Wheeling Police received a call just after 1:30 a.m. of a person lying on Locust Avenue and found Figaniak unresponsive when they arrived. A second victim was on the scene with Figaniak and told police the two of them were attacked by 3 or 4 men who then fled the area before police arrived.
"We're working with the University and his family has been notified and I believe are with him now," said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. "We'll have to continue to monitor it and we're looking for specifically any information from anyone who would have been out in the Edginton Lane, Locust Avenue, National Area last night that may have some additional detail for us and help us piece this together."
Chief Schwertfeger says the suspects are all white males in their mid-20s. Two suspects had brown hair and were wearing blue jeans and a third suspect was wearing a hat. 3 or 4 men fled the scene before police arrived. No motive is known at this time.
If you have any information that could help authorities, you can call our Lauttamus Security Crimefighters Tipline at 1-800-223-0312. All calls are confidential and you don't have to leave your name.