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Friends, community members gather to remember slain University of Kentucky student

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Photos and messages from Monday's service will be put in a scrapbook for Krueger's family to serve as written memories of a life cut short. Photos and messages from Monday's service will be put in a scrapbook for Krueger's family to serve as written memories of a life cut short.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After a third and likely final arrest in the shooting death of a University of Kentucky student, members of the UK community gathered to hold a memorial service for Jonathan Krueger Monday night.

Friends were in disbelief as they stood up at Memorial hall to share their memories with the 22-year-old who was shot Friday in Lexington.

“What made Krueger so special and so memorable was the enthusiasm he brought," one student said.

Sharing pictures of the past and nights his friend will never forget, the students stood up one-by-one and spoke about happy memories of the communications major and photo editor for the student newspaper.

“Krueger had a direct impact on my life,” a friend and newspaper colleague said. “I have a lot to thank him for you made my short time at the Kernel unforgettable, whether it was his very loud or high pitch singing or his pestering to get someone to throw football or Frisbee with him in the office."

A university employee read a statement from Krueger's grieving family.

“To lose Jonathan from our lives so abruptly is incomprehensible,” the statement read. “He was everything to us and imagining our lives without his smile is impossible.”

That smile was taken early Friday morning when, police say, the junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, was killed during an apparent robbery near campus.

Justin Smith, 18, Efrain Diaz, 20, and an unidentified 17-year-old have all been charged in connection to his murder.

The Kentucky Kernel put out a special edition with jKru, Jonathan's nickname, in place of the paper's logo.

“We're too young to be losing friends like this," someone said at the memorial.

A fellow editor at the paper said Krueger, a member of Beta Theta Pi, could turn anyone's day around with a simple smile and high five.

“I hope that...Jonathan...is up in heaven smiling back on what he did," a student said.

Photos and messages from Monday's service will be put in a scrapbook for Krueger's family to serve as written memories of a life cut short.

“Watch over us and keep us safe. We love you Jonathan, now and forever," a friend concluded.

The Kernel is setting up a scholarship in Krueger's name. It has already raised more than $20,000 and will be handed out every year to a promising Kernel photographer.

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