College Reacts to Stabbing of Alumnus and Student

The two victims were part of the North Central College Community

By Ally Clark
|  Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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College Reacts to Stabbing of Alumnus and Student

Shaun Wild (Left) and Willie Hayes are two victims of a stabbing in Naperville early Saturday. Wild died from his injuries Saturday. Hayes remains in intensive care at Edward Hospital.

North Central College in Naperville mourns the loss of an alumnus while praying for a current student who were both victims in the same stabbing incident.

Alumnus Shaun Wild and senior Willie Hayes were two of the three victims who were stabbed at a Naperville bar early Saturday. Wild died from his injuries and Hayes remains in the hospital.

"Both Shaun and Willie have been important contributors to the Cardinal football program for the last four years and many of their teammates—and their family members—joined head coach John Thorne, other coaches and staff, Director of Student Development, Assistant Dean of Students and team chaplain Gary Ireland, and College President Harold Wilde for several hours … in their grief and in their prayers," a press release from the school stated.

Wild, of Brown Deer, Wisc., graduated from the college in 2011. It was his first year as a second-grade teacher at Spring Brook Elementary School.

"I’m excited to be in this field at a time when many recognize the importance of a male influence in the classroom," Wild was quoted as saying on the North Central College website.

Hayes, of Lemont, is a senior and plays defensive end for the football team. His profile on the team's website lists his major as Physical Education.

North Central College says that couselors amd campus ministry staff are available to the campus community.  Members of the campus community are planning a vigil Saturday at 7 p.m. in the White Activities Center.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Naperville Police Investigations Section at 630-420-6726, or call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 630-420-6006.

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