Reward again increased in pharmacy student's killing during Mardi Gras party

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 6:32 AM

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- CrimeStoppers has added $1,000 to the reward fund in the shooting death of a student killed during a Mardi Gras party in south St. Louis on Saturday.

Nicholas Kapusniak, 20, was fatally shot while standing with a group of friends in the backyard of a home in the 2700 block of Accomac near the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Fellow student Jacob Beyer says he, Kapusniak and about 20 others were “just hanging out” when the shots were fired from a nearby alley.

Friends say the pharmacy student from Waukesha, Wis. was a “happy-go-lucky” guy with no enemies.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch there was no confrontation that provoked the shooting.

John A. Pieper, president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, on Monday offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed Kapusniak. CrimeStoppers on Wednesday upped its reward to $2,000 in hopes someone will come forward with information.

Pieper says the small school is shaken up by the events.

"They're all visibly upset, I was visibly upset when I met with them, it's a hard time for all of us, we care for our students so much, we have a small community here and we all now each other and so when this happens it really is difficult," he said.

The pharmacy school says Kapusniak was a member of the class of 2017 and the Alpha Zeta Omega professional fraternity.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nicholas Kapusniak," the school said in a statement released Monday. "He will be missed by all of us."

Kapusniak was a 2011 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. 

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