A Bucks County student athlete died after being attacked by a group of men while attending college in West Virginia.
Kevin Figaniak, 21, died about 24 hours after he and a friend were attacked while walking home from a bar near Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.V. early Saturday morning. Figaniak suffered severe head trauma during the attack and died at a Pittsburgh area hospital, according to Wheeling Police.
Figaniak hailed from Perkasie, Bucks County, Pa. The Pennridge High School grad played both lacrosse and hockey while majoring in business at the Jesuit university where he was set to graduate this spring.
“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,” said WJU president Rev. James Fleming in a prepared statement. “We ask you to please keep Kevin, his family and the entire Wheeling Jesuit community in your prayers.”
Figaniak and his friend were attacked by a group of three to four men along Locust Avenue in a residential neighborhood near some bars and restaurants around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. The attackers, described by police as males in their mid-20s, fled the scene before police officers arrived.
Figaniak's friend suffered some bumps and bruises, according police.
Police in Wheeling have not announced any arrests but police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the department is "vigorously investigating" the case.
The university held a prayer service for Figaniak Saturday night and held Masses after he died Sunday. Grief counselors were on campus to support students.
Funerals plans are pending.