Two northern panhandle oil and gas workers, who admitted to police they were in a fight with two men they didn’t know in the early morning hours of September 1st, have been charged with murder. Craig Tyler Peacock, 22 of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24 of Winnfield, La., we
re arrested and charged earlier this week in the death of Wheeling Jesuit University student Kevin Figaniak. Peacock and Chandler are being held on murder charges in the Northern Regional Jail on $1 million bail each.
When police arrived about 1:45 a.m. Saturday to investigate an assault they found Mr. Figaniak lying unresponsive on the ground with “significant head trauma” and took him to Wheeling Hospital, according a statement released earlier by police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.
Charges were filed after police viewed video surveillance, combed through social media and conducted interviews. Each man told police he and his friends followed two unknown men down Edgington Lane, through the intersection and onto Locust Avenue, according to a Wheeling police criminal complaint. Mr. Peacock and Mr. Chandler both told police they “became involved in a physical altercation with a white male whom he did not know.” Peacock admitted he may have also kicked the man he hit.
A friend who was with Figaniak says they were attacked by three or four men and therefore police are looking for at least one more man in his mid-20s, who was seen with the suspects that night.
Figaniak suffered massive head injuries and died Sunday at a Pittsburgh hospital. His autopsy was completed Tuesday in Morgantown. Figaniak’s friend wasn’t as seriously injured, suffering mild cuts, refused medical treatment and was able to speak with police. Sgt. McKenzie said there was no evidence of a robbery attempt and that alcohol was involved in the incident, but he would not elaborate.
Figaniak was a senior business major at Wheeling Jesuit University. He played on the school’s varsity lacrosse team and also was a member of the school’s club hockey team. Figaniak’s family has established a memorial fund at the university in his memory. The funeral Mass for Figaniak is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7th, at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hilltown, Pa.
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