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Police make pair of arrests in beating of Perkasie student

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 03 2013 05:00:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 01:18:27 PM CDT

Oil workers arrested for student's beating death

PERKASIE, Pa. -

Police have arrested two suspects in the beating death of a former standout athlete from Bucks County and said a third arrest may be imminent. 

The question, however, remains. What was the motive for the attack?

Kevin Figaniak was a star hockey and lacrosse player at Pennridge High School in Perkasie. He was beaten to death Saturday morning outside Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, where he went to college.  Investigators there said the attack started with an argument on the street, but otherwise appears random.

Figaniak's high school coach is beside himself.

"[In] 2006 he tried out for the team," recalled ex-Pennridge hockey coach Frank Reago. "He was on the small side, but he had a lot of talent and heart and grit."

Just after midnight Tuesday morning, West Virginia police arrested Jarrett Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., and Craig Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla. Both are now charged with second degree murder and could face additional charges. Both are in jail under $1 million bond each.

The two suspects were in the area working for the oil and gas industry, according to Wheeling police Sgt. Gregg McKenzie. Police found the pair in a campground frequented by industry workers.

Investigators tracked them down using video surveillance and social media, according to court records.

"Once we found one lead, that led us someplace else," said McKenzie. "It just kind of had a snowball effect."

Neither suspect appears to have a criminal record. Police said they have lived in the Wheeling area for about a year for work.

The attack happened after some sort of argument on the street, according to court records. Chandler allegedly told police they "may" have kicked Figaniak, but he and his friends fled the scene after the fight.

"Very, very heartbroken, saddened," said Reago. "My prayers go out to the family from the bottom of my heart."

Figaniak's family issued a statement Tuesday saying he was a role model and his "gentle soul will live on."

The West Virginia medical examiner did an autopsy on Figaniak on Tuesday afternoon, but the findings were not released.