Prognosis Positive for Lemont Native Willie Hayes After Bar Attack

The North Central College senior was discharged from Edward Hospital on Monday after being stabbed early Saturday morning in a Naperville bar fight that killed his friend and former teammate, Shaun Wild.

UPDATE: Willie Hayes was discharged as of Monday morning and is recovering at home, according to a spokesperson for Edward Hospital.

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The prognosis is positive, but the road to recovery is just beginning for Lemont native Willie Hayes, who was stabbed Saturday in a Naperville bar attack.

Hayes, a senior at , was listed in fair condition Sunday afternoon in Edward Hospital's intensive care unit, according to a nurse on duty.

Early Saturday morning, Hayes and two others were stabbed during a fight at  in downtown Naperville. His friend, 24-year-old elementary school teacher Shaun Wild, was killed, while bar bouncer Raphael Castaneda sustained injuries to his arm.

Following the attack, Naperville police quickly arrested Daniel J. Olaska, 27, of the 1500 block of Fox Hill Drive in Naperville. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, authorities said.

Olaska appeared in DuPage County Court for a bond hearing Sunday via closed-circuit television. Deeming Olaska "a danger to the community," the judge set bond at $3 million.

Hayes is a defensive end for the North Central football team, and is studying physical education. He graduated in 2008 from , where he was a standout football and baseball player.

A native of Brown Deer, WI, Wild graduated from North Central College in 2011. He was a punter on the football team and attended the college for three years, said Clark Teuscher, director of sports information at North Central College. Wild was working as a second-grade teacher at  in Naperville.

North Central released a statement Sunday afternoon on behalf of Bill and Kim Hayes, Willie's parents.

"We are devastated by the Wild family's loss and wish to express our deepest sympathies," they said. "We are grateful to the North Central College family for their continuing support of Willie during his recovery. As our son recovers, we ask you to respect our privacy and the privacy of his coaches, friends and teammates. Willie's prognosis remains positive and we hope to have him home soon."

During Sunday's bond hearing, DuPage County Special Prosecutor Tim Diamond detailed some of the events of the evening that led to the stabbing.

Diamond said the men did not know each other, but that at one point Willie Hayes was sitting at a table with Olaska when Hayes said something about Olaska drinking beer out of a wine glass.

“He joked with him and Mr. Olaska took offense,” Diamond said. At that point, the men stood up and Olaska took out a folding knife with a 5-to-6-inch blade. He stabbed Wild in the arm and Hayes in the chest.

“Wild went after him and he stabbed Wild in the chest,” Diamond said.

The bouncers attempted to get Olaska under control, but Castaneda was stabbed in the arm. 

More than 100 people were in the bar and witnessed the incident, Diamond said.

The entire incident was caught on security video, which shows Olaska stabbing the victims, he added. 

In a press conference following the bond hearing, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Police Chief David Dial called the bar attack "an utterly senseless act of violence."

"There is simply no way to make any sense of this," Dial said. "It's a tragic loss for the entire Naperville community. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims at this time, but there is simply no way to explain what happened."

Olaska’s next court date is scheduled for March 5 before Judge Kathryn Creswell.


Hank Olenick February 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Mark Popovich you could not be more wrong. Seems maybe you were picked on by "meathead jocks" Yes , they do exist, but Willie isn't like that . I've known the Hayes family for 20 years and all of them are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Your personal insecurities have lead you to a very unfair assumption .
NCCkid February 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Mark let me ask you one thing. Were you there during this incident? I think I know the answer. No. You were not. Maybe Olaska confronted Hayes first about a tight shirt joke, Only the people there know and so far I think the press has done an awful job getting the story straight. Who goes to a bar alone with a 5" knife? A person looking for trouble. Your stereotype comments against Hayes disgust me and are unfair. You ramble on about how Hayes is a "meathead jock" and continue judging the person he is when in fact it is Olaska you should be questioning. You never judge Olaska's comments and his actions. Why is that?
bethany stachura February 07, 2012 at 05:29 AM
It's crazy to me that anyone would defend Olaska's actions at all. It's crazy to me the assumptions that are made with such confidence. We have all read the same articles, seems words were exchanged by BOTH men, only thing is Hayes didn't enter the bar that night with a five inch blade to go along with that liquid courage. Shaun Wild absolutely did not deserve to die. What a mess.
JD February 09, 2012 at 06:45 PM
This is such a sad, sad situation. For all involved and those who witnessed it. All I can say from what I put together, Mr. Olaska came in that bar looking for trouble. Why else would you carry a knife up your sleeve. From what I have heard, Mr. Olaska was in there trying to start a fight with whoever would comment back to him. Fortunately, my family member that was there, ignored him and did not comment when he was making mean, nasty, awful remarks to others prior to the stabbing. I thank God that my family member was not killed or injured that night, I feel for the pain that my family member is going thru right now because of what she witnessed. Who knows what he said to Mr. Hayes or to Mr. Wild. I think Mr. Olaska was out of his mind and I don't know how he really knows what took place, I'm sure they showed him the video and some of it came back. He intended to kill someone, he went in there with a knife, hidden in his sleeve, and stabbed 1 person in the heart and the other near the heart. This is an awful situation for all of the families. That night, everyone there lost something, Sean's family, Willie's family and all of those people who witnessed something so awful. I feel for all of them and Mr. Olaska's family, parent's can't be responsible for their adult kids but they sure can hurt when their kids have done something so awful.
Fact Monger February 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcchicago.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fdaniel-olaska-bond-naperville-bar-stabbing-139074819.html&h=vAQHRlqe2AQHptni-gh9e28O3WyXsrRS8gVSXcEV_fHH1NA oswego distorted please see some more fact re: this night in the above article and put your "BULLY" baseless term back in your pocket!!


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