Early Friday morning, a University of Kentucky student was shot and killed near the campus in Lexington. According to The Courier-Journal, Jonathan W. Krueger, 22, was walking home with a friend when he was confronted by a man in a minivan and then shot. His friend, whose identity is unknown, was able to get away and went to a nearby house for help. Police were called to the scene around 3:30 a.m. after neighbors heard gunshots and found Krueger in the road with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. The police have already arrested a suspect in connection with the murder and it's believed it occurred during a robbery.
Krueger, originally from Ohio, was a junior in the College of Communications and Information at UK and was the photo editor of the student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. David Stephenson, photojournalism adviser for The Kernel, said in the student newspaper: "There are two things about him that I found remarkable in combination: he was such a hard worker, but made everything look so easy."
UK President Eli Capilouto released a statement saying he was "deeply saddened" by the murder and urging students and faculty to reach out to family and counselors for support. Krueger's friends and classmates have taken to social media to remember their friend and offer their condolences to his family.
According to WBRD, Police Chief Mark Barnard said: "We've updated the family on our investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with them." An 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with the murder, along with robbery, tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing and evading, but the police say they are also looking for other suspects. A weapon was recovered in the same neighborhood as the shooting and the police are looking into whether or not it was connected to the shooting.
Krueger was studying account management in the communications school and photographed sports for The Kernel. His Twitter shows some of his powerful photos of the UK Wildcats from the NCAA Final Four game against the Wisconsin Badgers. A local fraternity, the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, plans to hold a vigil for Krueger Friday night. The fraternities statement said: "This morning, the world lost an amazing Beta, brother and friend. We can't express our sympathies enough to the friends and family of Jonathan Krueger. Jonathan was an active Beta during his tenure in the Epsilon Omicron Chapter and had a way of putting a smile on everyone's face, every single day."