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Wheeling Jesuit Univ. Requests Prayers for Murdered Student

The murder of a student at Wheeling Jesuit University in Virginia has the University president calling for prayers and inviting students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community to attend evening Masses.

On Sunday, September 1st, senior Kevin Figaniak was pronounced dead after sustaining traumatic injuries stemming from an off-campus assault.

WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J. announced evening Masses in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph. “The Masses will give our community the opportunity to pray for the repose of Kevin's soul, Kevin's family and for our community in this time of loss,” he said in a statement.

“As a Catholic university, we are uniquely blessed that our religious traditions offer us support in all of life's situations,” he said. “We have been providing the entire Wheeling Jesuit community opportunities for worship, counseling and reflection. Staff members from residence life, the counseling office, campus ministry and athletics continue to minister to the students' needs.”

On Tuesday, police arrested two area men and charged them in the case. Fr. Fleming thanked the police for their efforts.

Fr. Fleming also said that the Jesuit institution has increased the number of security guards on campus and will continue providing escorts for students, faculty and staff upon request.

The University also established the Kevin Figaniak Memorial Fund at the request of the family. Anyone wishing to make a gift in Kevin's memory can contact Noah Mull, Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003, nmull@wju.edu or 304-243-8148.

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