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College mourns loss of recent alumnus

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Shaun Wild, Class of 2011
Shaun Wild, Class of 2011

Feb. 6, 2012—Services have been set for Naperville teacher and North Central College alumnus Shaun Wild.

The Cardinal community is invited to share condolences on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St., Brown Deer, Wis. Visitation begins at 5 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 7 p.m.

A funeral service for family members and close friends will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 7152 N. 41st St., Milwaukee, Wis.

Discussions are ongoing about possibly holding another local memorial service in the Naperville area at some point in the near future.

The Wild family wishes to express its thanks for prayers of support. Family members ask media to respect their desire for privacy at this time.

Feb. 5, 2012—Click here to read a statement, released by North Central College, from Bill and Kim Hayes, parents of North Central senior Willie Hayes, who was injured in Saturday morning's incident.

Feb. 4, 2012—On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 4, the North Central College family experienced a tragic loss. Shaun Wild, Class of 2011, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, and a teacher at Spring Brook Elementary School, Naperville School District 204, died as the victim of a violent incident in a downtown Naperville establishment. North Central senior Willie Hayes, of Lemont, Illinois, was seriously injured in the same incident, and as of 9 a.m. Saturday, remained in intensive care at Edward Hospital, with a positive prognosis.

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. 

Shaun’s principal at Spring Brook was there along with the family; he, along with Shaun’s teammates, could not say enough about what a wonderful young man Shaun was. In the profile that appears on North Central’s website that character comes through: “I’m excited to be in this field at a time when many recognize the importance of a male influence in the classroom. When I was in grade school, I wasn’t the best student. But a couple of male teachers influenced me for good at a critical time, and I want to do the same for others.”

“Tragedies like this are, in some senses, beyond our comprehension as human beings,” Wilde noted in an e-mail to the campus community. “They run against what our minds and hearts tell us is the order of the universe. They are a moment to fall back on each other, our ties to the community and our faith in something larger than ourselves. Many students, coaches, faculty, staff and alumni have lost a dear friend. The healing, the binding up of the wounds, will take a long time, but it begins today.”

Staff from the Dyson Wellness Center will be on hand throughout the week on the third floor of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center for open drop-ins at the following times: Monday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A suspect in the incident has been taken into custody by the Naperville Police Department, and the investigation is ongoing. More information will be released as it is made available.