Student dies from Wheeling beating

WHEELING – One day after being attacked by several men, a Wheeling Jesuit University student has died from his injuries, school officials said Sunday.

Kevin M. Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, Pa., succumbed at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he had spent more than 24 hours in critical condition from the severe beating, said the school’s president, the Rev. James Fleming.

“Today is a difficult day for our campus as we mourn the loss of a member of the Wheeling Jesuit family,” Fleming. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Kevin Michael Figaniak, WJU class of 2014, passed from this life quietly and peacefully surrounded by his family and friends.”

The senior, who was a business major and varsity lacrosse player, and another student were attacked early Saturday near the intersection of National Road and Locust Avenue while on their way back to the university after a night out.

Figaniak sustained severe head trauma, police said, and he was treated on scene at 1:43 a.m., taken to Wheeling Hospital and then transferred to Pittsburgh on Saturday evening.

The second victim, whom police have not identified, suffered multiple contusions and bruises.

Police have not announced a motive for the attack, believed to have been carried out by three or four men in their 20s. The police report described the assailants as white – two having brown hair and one wearing a hat.

The investigation continues as the police work with the Allegheny County medical examiner, the West Virginia medical examiner’s office and the Ohio County prosecutor’s office.

Police are encouraging anyone with information about the assault to contact the police at 304-234-3664 or the detective division at 304-234-3781.

“We ask you to please keep Kevin, his family and the entire Wheeling Jesuit community in your prayers,” Fleming said.