UPDATE: 2 arrests made after UK student shot and killed near campus
Lexington Police have charged Justin D. Smith, 18, with murder in connection with the shooting of 22-year-old Jonathan W. Krueger, of Perrysburg, Ohio. Late Friday evening, police arrested Efrain Diaz, 20, of Lexington. He has been charged with murder and robbery in connection with the shooting.
They say they are looking for other possible suspects. Smith was also charged with robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing and evading.
"We've updated the family on our investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with them," said Police Chief Mark Barnard, according to the news release.
Barnard talked to Krueger's father this morning, police say.
Krueger, a junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park.
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Police were called to the scene around 3:30 a.m. on a report of shots fired. That's where police found Krueger in the road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. We're told the Krueger was with a friend when they were confronted by at least one person just before Krueger was shot.
Dasmond Morgan, a resident of the nearby area, says he witnessed the aftermath of the shooting.
"I woke up at, like, 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning to three or four gunshots," Morgan said. "I come out and I seen the victim's body laying over there. I ran over there and I checked it. I seen he had two gunshot wounds to his chest. I didn't have my phone on me, but when I was going back to get my phone, my neighbor came out with hers and called the police."
Krueger was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The person Krueger was with was able to get away and ran to a neighboring house for help.
Lexington Police did recover a weapon in the nearby Cardinal Valley neighborhood, but they are not sure if the gun is connected to the shooting.
The University of Kentucky sent a campus alert warning people in the area to take cover. That alert was lifted at 3:40 a.m.
Krueger was the photo editor at the school's newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel -- having recently taken pictures as part of the paper's NCAA coverage -- and was well liked by students.
By early afternoon, WDRB reporter Kara Kirtley said several students could be seen in the area of UK, openly crying.
"He was a great guy," said William Wright, managing editor of the Kentucky Kernel. "Just a really upbeat – like, lively – funny guy. He solved problems with the paper, like, if we couldn't fit something into the paper, he was always able to move it around, so he was good at design. He was a good proofreader, which, you know, which, we need. He was just a great guy – and we're going to miss him."
Capilouto released a statement to students, faculty and staff, asking them to look out for each other.
"Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others," Capilouto wrote. "We are each other's keeper."
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