3rd Suspect May Be Linked to Student Beating Death

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013  |  Updated 2:56 PM EDT
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Kevin Figaniak was 21.

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Wheeling police say they're looking for a third person who may have been involved in the fatal beating of a Wheeling Jesuit University student.

Two men are charged with murder, but Detective Sgt. Gregg McKenzie tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the suspects say at least one other person was involved in the fight.

McKenzie didn't immediately return a message Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, Pa., died early Sunday after an attack on the school campus. Figaniak was a senior business major who played varsity lacrosse.

Police charged 22-year-old Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Fla., and 24-year-old Jarrett Chandler of Winnfield, La., with murder. Both remain in the Northern Regional Jail on $1 million bond.

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Figaniak was with an unidentified friend, walking home from the Ye Olde Alpha pub, on Saturday night. That person suffered only minor cuts and later told police that he and Figaniak had been attacked by three or four men in their mid-20s.

A criminal complaint says Peacock and Chandler admitted following and striking Figaniak after an argument, and one said he may have kicked the victim.

"I don't believe there was a motive,'' McKenzie said. "I don't think they knew each other at all.''

The suspects were arrested Tuesday at a campsite often used by oil and gas workers in the region. The two worked in that industry, had been in the area for at least a year, and were living at the recreational vehicle park alongside a busy road, police said.

But resident Peggy told WTOV she hopes the community won't judge others by the incident.

"It'd be crazy to assume all the people on the pipeline are murderers because these two boys are accused of something,'' she said, "and nobody knows the facts yet.''

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