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Two charged in slaying of university student

on September 04, 2013 10:30 AM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Two suspects in the slaying of a Wheeling Jesuit University student were arrested Tuesday on murder charges.

Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were being held at the Northern Regional Jail on $1 million cash bond each following arraignments in Ohio County Magistrate Court, Wheeling police said in a news release. Peacock and Chandler are accused of killing Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, Pa. Figaniak and a friend were walking toward the Wheeling Jesuit campus when they were attacked at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Figaniak was pronounced dead just after 3 a.m. Sunday at a Pittsburgh hospital, said the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office in Pennsylvania.

Peacock and Mathis were arrested around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday at a campsite that is frequented by oil and gas workers, police said.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said that the investigation is continuing but he declined to provide details.

Media outlets reported that Figaniak’s friend told police that they were attacked by three or four men. Figaniak was a senior business major who played on Wheeling Jesuit’s varsity lacrosse team.

He also was a member of the school’s club hockey team.

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