Search continues for suspects in fatal beating of Wheeling Jesuit student
By Aaron Aupperlee
Published: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 10:21 p.m.
Police continue to search for a group of men who beat to death a Wheeling Jesuit University student.
Kevin M. Figaniak, 21, died early Sunday, nearly 24 hours after the group attacked him and a friend as they walked from a nearby bar toward the West Virginia campus about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh.
Police on Monday hoped to interview Figaniak's friend, who had mild scratches from the attack, said Sgt. Gregg McKenzie. The friend, who has not been identified, was “shaken up” both physically and mentally after the attack early Saturday, McKenzie said. He gave police few details at the scene and has provided little else during phone calls since the attack.
Police reported three or four white men believed to be in their mid-20s assaulted Figaniak and his friend about 1:45 a.m. One man wore a hat, and two others had brown hair and wore denim jeans. The group ran off before police arrived.
Figaniak, a senior business major who played lacrosse and hockey, first went to a Wheeling hospital and was then transferred to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, where he died about 3:05 a.m.
McKenzie said police have received several tips and are following up on each one. No further information was available.
Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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