Man Charged With Fatal Stabbing Of Teacher At Naperville Bar

Updated 2/4/12 at 5:57 p.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – Shaun Wild died trying to save a buddy on a Naperville nightclub dance floor.

The recent North Central College graduate was fatally stabbed while attempting to stop a man from attacking his former football teammate — two-year All-Conference defensive end William Hayes III.

Sources told the Sun-Times that a patron at Frankie’s Blue Room at 16 W. Chicago Ave. in Naperville had been taunting Hayes — a muscular, tattooed college senior who everyone calls Willie — for wearing a tight shirt. Hayes was seen arguing with the unidentified man near the dance floor just before getting stabbed near the sternum. Wild, a punter on North Central’s 2010 football team, tried to stop the attack and was fatally stabbed in the upper abdomen by a weapon that may have pierced his heart, a source said.

Hayes remains hospitalized in fair condition and is expected to recover. He was alert and talking Saturday, North Central football team chaplain Gary Ireland said.

A third man, a bar bouncer, also was stabbed. The bar employee was treated for his injuries and later released, authorities said.

Naperville police arrested Daniel Olaska, 27, of Naperville at the scene. Olaska was charged with first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney spokesman. Olaska is scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.

stabbing victim Man Charged With Fatal Stabbing Of Teacher At Naperville Bar

Shaun Wild was fatally stabbed during an altercation at a Naperville bar. (Courtesy: North Central College)

Wild, 24, of Brown Deer Wisconsin, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from North Central in December and started teaching at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville this year.

“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. “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.”

At North Central, Wild served as president of the Student Leaders Association of Teacher Educators and a member of the student-athlete honor society and football team.

“Shaun was an incredible leader of students. He was kind of the big brother for students here, particularly guys on the football team,” Ireland said. “You would be hard pressed to find anybody to say anything but glowing things about Shaun.”

Hayes, 22, of Lemont, was a football team captain last season and is currently finishing his degree in physical education, school officials said.

“Willie is a leader in a much more vocal way,” Ireland said. “He’s an extremely joyful, positive person, an extrovert in a great way. He was kind of the heart and soul of the team.”

At the campus dining hall Saturday, many North Central students were in tears.

“There’s a general kind of numbness on campus. Students are in shock,” Ireland said.

They are not ones to get in brawls or be troublemakers. These are two people you can’t believe this happened to.”

Counselors were available at North Central’s campus Saturday and a crisis team will be on hand to help younger students cope with Wild’s death at Spring Brook on Monday, according to officials at the schools.

A vigil is planned at North Central College at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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  • Civilized

    This can’t be true because things like this just doesn’t happen in the heavenly suburbs, right?

    • swh

      Bouncers should be licensed to carry tasers.

  • Afro

    Quick ban all knives we need knife control

  • Afro

    those knives do nothing but kill people

  • 38Special

    I agree That teacher would still be alive today if it weren’t for knives. It’s the knife that killed him and caused all of the trouble.

    • Greg

      It’s never the criminal who did its fault, lets ban all the guns so the criminals can cut our throats and stab us to death

  • non

    Whats the deal with Naperville? Last few years drugs, prostituiton, murders, and other crimes are on the rise

    • Keeping up appearances

      It’s a suburb that has millions of dirty little secrets.

  • Concerned parent

    No, things like this do not happen here & that is why our community is in shock. The loss of an intelligent, ambitious, and talented young person who was also a teacher in our community is a tragedy. Quit making fun & show some respect.

    • Penny

      I completely agree! There are numberous people grieving and in need of our thoughts and prayers not smart mouth comments!! If you cannot show understanding and support why bother posting anything at all!! Thoughts and prayers to all those involved in such a tragic night!!

      • Afro

        Penny just because you may not like what you hear doesn’t mean you take away the rights of the people to be heard.

  • Kevin Cahill

    In Memory of Shaun Wild

    Here is a link to a fund raising site that we have established in memory of Shaun. You contributions will help the Wild family through this difficult time.
    FundRazr on Facebook

    FundRazr is the Facebook application of Paypal. All proceeds, minus a small credit card processing fee will go directly to the Wild Family. No administrative fees will be withheld for any reason. You may also make contributions directly to the Wild family or through Brown Deer High School.

    Thank you for your support,
    Friends and Family of the Wild’s

  • Naperville Buffy

    Sad. Pointless.

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  • Bob Hamilton

    This weak sissy punk was able to run his mouth after having a few drinks knowing that he had a concealed weapon. Hopefully he will meet some justice in a dark corner in jail. I’m sure that he had a very difficult childhood. With any luck, he will look back fondly on those horrible days.

  • Jo Tamper

    Man I sure hope that loser gets everything he has coming to him, oh yeah!

  • Deer Hunter

    Maybe Mr. Wilds friend Mr. Hayes might have gotten his friend killed for his actions,after more info comes out we will know the truth right now I;m neutral,been in to many bars to know anythjing can spark a incident.

  • Safe and sound asleep at home before midnight

    Too bad we don’t have conceal and carry laws here in Illinois-10 or 12 people could have whipped out their guns and shot the knife out of Dan’s hand.

    Surprised the fight was over a tight shirt-usually the fights in bars after midnight are due to an argument over a pool game or something to do with some drunk woman getting friendly with men besides her boyfriend/husband-there is of course the quintessential guy that gets kicked out of a bar for being an azzhole and then returns and starts shooting at people.

  • kristen

    someone should ask this person why he felt it necessary to bring a knife into a bar…they should start searching people. seriously. why should it ever be allowed to bring a weapon into a bar where people are drinking? we know what alcohol CAN do. what was this person’s reason for bringing a KNIFE OUT WITH HIM!? what was he planning on doing?! afraid he was going to get mugged in a well-lit area?

    after a certain time, there should be mandatory searches on people entering a bar/nightclub. yes, i know fists can seriously hurt people but atleast a well-trained bouncer can stop a fist-fight instead of battling with a knife.

    rest in peace shaun. my thoughts are with him and his family and friends. such a senseless act of human nature that took an innocent person’s life.

  • juju

    what’s the deal with whitey and teachers. always looking a way to kill the smart ones off, so they can go back to oppossum eating ways and sleeping with their sisters. sooner they go back to europe, they safer all will be.

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