PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Multiple arrests have been made after a Washington & Jefferson student was killed in October.

Tim McNerney, 21, was killed Oct. 4, 2012 when a group of six men beat him while he was walking to his dorm room.

McNerney was out at a bar that night, but left early. With him was his fellow W&J football teammate Zach DeCicco who was also attacked.

DeCicco was able to get away with just a broken nose, but it was him and friend Larry Cekella who eventually found McNerney’s body.

Police say three people have been arrested and charged in McNerney’s murder. Those charged in the case are 24-year-old Eric Wells, 23-year-old Adam Hankins and 22-year-old Troy Simmons.

None of them were W&J students.

“We don’t feel like at this point in the investigation the actors involved were actively seeking to go out and commit a crime and at that point things just escalated the way they did,” said Washington Police Lt. Dan Stanek.

W&J released a statement Tuesday night saying:

“The Washington & Jefferson College community welcomed today’s developments in the Tim McNerney case.

The arrests made today are the result of a tireless effort by the police and district attorney in the City of Washington. We thank them for their dedication to ensuring the safety of our community.

Our thoughts continue to be with the McNerney family during this difficult time.”

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