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2 charged in connection with WJU student's death

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 05:07 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Crissy Clutter

Two people have been charged in connection with the death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student who died after he was assaulted last year.

Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Florida, was indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury in connection with the death of Kevin Figaniak. The grand jury met on Monday and released its indictments to the media Tuesday morning.

Jarrett Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in Ohio County Circuit Court on Monday.

Figaniak, a 21-year-old WJU student-athlete, was attacked near Locust Avenue and National Road. He was transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and died a day later on Sept. 1.

WJU president, the Rev. James J. Fleming, S.J., released the following statement on Tuesday:

"All of us at Wheeling Jesuit continue to mourn the loss of Kevin Figaniak. This has been a tough process for his family and all of us on campus – each story about this tragedy reopens the wounds of his tragic death. I thank everyone for the respect they have shown to Kevin's family and the WJU community – especially the students. As the court proceedings move forward, I ask for your continued prayers. We now place our trust in the court system that it will bring justice and closure."

Officials said Peacock and Chandler were in the Ohio Valley working in the oil and gas industry. On the night of the attack, police said Figaniak and his friends were having a night out when they reportedly got into an altercation with the suspects. Police said the suspects followed Figaniak and proceeded to beat him.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Peacock remained in the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail on $1 million bond while Chandler is free on bond.

Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.

2 charged in connection with WJU student's death

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