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UPDATE: Funeral Mass Set for Slain Wheeling Jesuit University Student

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A funeral Mass for slain Wheeling Jesuit student Kevin Figaniak will be held on Saturday in Pennsylvania.

The mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hilltown, Pa. Wheeling Jesuit President Rev. James Fleming says in a statement that Figaniak's family has established a memorial fund at the school in his memory.

Meanwhile, according to a criminal complaint, the two suspects in the murder, Craig Tyler Peacock, 22 of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., both admitted to getting into a verbal altercation with two people they didn't know. The complaint states that the two suspects and their friends followed Kevin Figaniak and his friend down Edgington Lane to Locust Avenue, where they got into a physical fight.


Two men have been arrested in the murder of a Wheeling Jesuit University student over the weekend.

Wheeling Police say Craig Tyler Peacock, 22 of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were both charged with the murder of WJU student Kevin Figaniak and were arraigned by Magistrate Harry Radcliffe early Tuesday morning.

Police say Peacock and Mathis were arrested at a campsite frequented by oil and gas workers in the area. Both men are lodged in the Northern Regional Jail. Radcliffe set their bond at        $1 million, cash only. They will appear before Magistrate Joe Roxby on September 12.

According to Wheeling Police, the investigation is still active and additional charges could come in the near future. Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwerfeger said social media helped lead them to the suspects and thanked the tireless work of officers over the holiday weekend that led to the swift arrest of the suspects.

(Related story, Aug. 31, 2013: Wheeling Jesuit Student Dies From Injuries After Attack)

On Monday, 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."

Figaniak suffered severe head trauma after the Saturday morning assault and passed away from his injuries at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at approximately 3:05 a.m. Sunday. The assault occurred near the corner of Locust Avenue and National Road in Wheeling.

(Related story, Sept. 2, 2013: WJU Student's Death Shocks Neighborhood)


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