Teacher stabbed to death in Naperville bar

February 4, 2012 6:20:15 PM PST
An elementary school teacher was stabbed to death in a suburban bar. Shaun Wild was 24.

Another man, a football player at North Central College, was seriously wounded.

It all happened at the Frankie's Blue Room bar located on Chicago Avenue in downtown Naperville.

One of the victims, William Hayes of Lemont, was in fair condition at Edwards Hospital after undergoing surgery. He and Wild were teammates on the North Central College football team, and were attending a birthday party for a fellow player.

The incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Police say a total of three people were stabbed: Wild, his friend, Willie Hayes, and a bar employee who was treated and released.

Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Olaska of Naperville at the scene. He has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Flags were lowered Sunday on the campus of North Central College. Wild graduated last year and was a grade school teacher at Spring Brook Elementary.

Police have not said what led to the stabbings, but a North Central official said he had been told by witnesses that there was no altercation. The suspect began acting strangely and then violently, and then Wild was fatally stabbed while trying to subdue him.

"(Wild) was All-Academic, a smart kid," said Rick Spencer, vice president of North Central College. "He came here because he wanted to make a difference and teach himself because he has someone that changed his life when he was growing up. It is upsetting. We just don't understand it. He was a wonderful kid and a wonderful young man. He had a real impact in his short life on a lot of people."

A vigil is planned fir Sunday night at 7 on the campus of North Central College to honor Wild. His alleged killer is behind bars and charged with first degree murder, and is expected in bond court Monday.

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