Skip to comments.Two men arrested for 'beating Jesuit college student to death after jumping him from behind
Posted on 09/03/2013 10:09:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Two men have been charged with the murder of a Jesuit college student who was beaten to death after he and a friend were 'jumped from behind' as they walked back to campus from a bar on Labor Day weekend.
Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Florida, and Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, Louisiana, were both charged with the murder of Kevin M. Figaniak.
The men were found in a camp for oil and gas workers and were arrested overnight.
They were arraigned and placed in the Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville, West Virginia on $1 million cash bail each.
Kevin, 21, suffered severe head trauma in the attack near Wheeling Jesuit University at 1.45am on Saturday morning.
He died the next day at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Kevin's friend - who was also attacked - told police the 21-year-old exchanged 'unpleasantries' with one or two of the men in the group before they attacked, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger told The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register.
The surviving victim, who has not been named, described the attackers as three or four white men in their mid-20s. Two of them had brown hair and were wearing jeans. Another wore a hat.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
UK media, NOT U.S. National Media. Imagine that one, eh?
Every time I read one of these articles about a college student (usually male) being murdered it just strikes at my heart. It’s usually associated with a night of revelry. Parents, warn your college aged sons and daughters about the dangers of drinking too much in public places.
This is not to say that this young man was drunk, but that is often the case. So much promise, all for nothing. Pray for his parents. They’ll never get over this.
Sounds like some roughnecks brought in to work in the gas fracking fields around here. The college boy probably got drunk and began talking some smack and got more than he bargained for.
Alcohol + Testosterone is a deadly combination.
Too bad Old Sparky at the Moundsville State Penitentiary isn’t still running. Seems like a perfect solution to this type of problem. By the way, the Moundsville State Pen has really interesting tours.
Maybe that's the way it went down, and maybe it wasn't.
In either case let's be careful not to blame the victim. He was murdered.
Truer words...note, also, all of the young college men lost in the rivers in the midwest after a night of drinking over the past few years.
I would say the attackers - who were oil field workers - probably accused the guys of being gay or harassed them in some way and then when one of the students responded, they got mad and pounded him into the ground. I don’t think the students were gay, btw, simply that there is always a big town-gown conflict in areas like this and the oil workers were probably looking to pick a fight and just called out some insults at random. And without a doubt, alcohol was involved.
But there is no way this is the victim’s fault. I’m glad the attackers were caught.
So that's an excuse for murder?
Sons Of Barack’S!
Color me surprised.
I wonder if this wasn’t one of those fall and hit your head type of deaths, as opposed to a full on beat down.
Doesn’t change the outcome, but it does help rationalize it.
The surviving victim, who has not been named, described the attackers as three or four white men in their mid-20s.
Not an excuse for murder. But would not be the first bar fight where somebody ended up dead. (I knew a guy who was tried and acquitted for manslaughter after the guy he was in a bar fight with flew back and hit his head on a curb and died of a cerebral hemorrhage)
I graduated from this school back in ‘71 and knew those streets around the college quite well - and often quite drunk, to be honest. It was always reasonably safe in that area, although parts of Wheeling are very rough. The city was always known for illegal bars, gambling and whore houses, but not this area.
Though it does look like these two lied in wait for him and jumped him. So yeah, premeditated murder.
“Maybe that’s the way it went down, and maybe it wasn’t.
In either case let’s be careful not to blame the victim. He was murdered.”
You need to work on your “jumping to conclusions without reading the article skills” for some FR threads.
Just like Steubenville.
They’d set up shop in Steubenville and when the heat was on jump across the river to West Virginia. Then when the WV cops started cracking down they’d reverse and repeat the process.
Yep. I saw my share, having grown up there.
“Amazing - the race of the attackers can be reported.”
That’s because they were white. Had they been black it would not have been reported
You speak as if you know for a fact that Figaniak started it.
I see zero evidence of that.
There is not much evidence of anything at all available to us right now. That is the point. We were speculating on how these things get started in bars.
Reported because the attackers are white.
Two more Trayvons off the street.
thugs and punks. bjg bad brave boys/s
Yes, I finally left there for good in ‘75 after my first divorce. I know the street they were walking on well as I suspect they were probably coming back from The Alpha and were going toward the footbridge across the creek. That used to be solidly middle class. I guess not any more.
It is only murder if the intent was to kill. Victim isn't any less dead, though.
I’m in Steubenville. Small world.
My great-grandfather emigrated from Paris and settled in Wheeling for reasons we are all still trying to figure out.
And for which we are eternally grateful.
And I knew an old guy at the plant I used to work in who was convicted of same. Instead of a curb tho, it was the floor..........
“began talking some smack and got more than he bargained for”
So that’s an excuse for murder?
“Peacock and Chandler both agreed to give videotaped statements in which they acknowledged there had been a verbal altercation on Saturday morning at a bar.
They told police they followed Kevin and his friend afterwards to where the fight began.”
I’m with you Chainmail, doesn’t matter what was said in the bar, these two deliberately went out to have a confrontation after the victims after they left. More like morons thinking with their balls instead of their brains
This doesn’t sound like a confrontation. It was more like an ambush.