$25,000 Reward Offered in Killing of Wesleyan Security Guard

Jan. 24--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday announced a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the October slaying of a campus security guard.

Walter Zakrzewski, 57, was found dead near the dining hall during his late-night rounds. Virginia Beach police have released little information about their investigation, other than to say it continues.

A campus safety task force formed after the slaying recommended the reward in order to keep up public awareness, said Rebecca Desjardins, a college spokeswoman.

"We want the person to be caught," she said. "Because someone is still out there, someone knows something." She said catching his killer "may ease some of the trauma caused by the event."

Zakrzewski's slaying was the first homicide on the 40-year-old campus. Since then, the private, 1,400-student liberal arts college has required officers to patrol in pairs and has taken other steps to improve safety.

Virginia Beach Crime Solvers also is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887). Callers may remain anonymous.

Staff writer Duane Bourne contributed to this report.

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