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2 Arrested In Connection To Beating Death Of College Student From Perkasie

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police in West Virginia have made two arrests in the beating death of a college student from Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

Authorities have arrested 24 year old Jarrett Chander of Louisiana and Craig Peacock, 22, of Florida in connection to that death.

Police in West Virginia say 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak and a friend were walking toward Wheeling Jesuit University campus when they were attacked by two other men at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

Figaniak was taken to Wheeling Hospital. He was later transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian where he was treated for severe head trauma.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says he was pronounced dead just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Figaniak was a senior at Wheeling Jesuit University and was due to graduate next spring.

On Tuesday, Dr. Thomas Creeden, the principal at Pennridge High School, released a statement on Figaniak’s death that reads:

“Pennridge High School and its community are saddened and shocked by the news of the untimely and horrific death of one of our graduates, Kevin Figaniak.

Kevin was an outstanding young man with a high level of energy and a very competitive nature. Kevin was a hardworking student with a love for ice hockey and lacrosse. He continued that eagerness for competition through his college years at Wheeling Jesuit University where he followed his passion for lacrosse and his educational goals.

Kevin’s outlook on life was very positive. His teachers describe him as always upbeat and caring for his teammates and peers.

Kevin will be sorely missed by everyone at Pennridge High School. Our condolences go out to his family and friends on the news of this terrible tragedy.”

The Pennridge School District also responded to the tragedy, saying:

“The Pennridge School District extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kevin Figaniak, a much-loved member of our community. His senseless death should serve as a reminder to all of us that life is precious and we should cherish every moment with our loved ones.”

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