Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 2, 2013

College student dies after assault in Wheeling


Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Police say a college student from Pennsylvania died in a Pittsburgh hospital a day after he was assaulted near the Wheeling Jesuit University campus.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pa., was pronounced dead just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police in West Virginia say he and a friend were walking toward campus when they were attacked by three or four other men at 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.

The senior business major played on Wheeling Jesuit’s varsity lacrosse team and was also a member of the school’s club hockey team.

University President Rev. James Fleming says a prayer service was held Saturday evening.