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Rekindling memories

PHOTO BY MICHAEL REAVES | STAFF

Rachel Wilson and Courtney Gaskill join others in a candlelight vigil during a memorial service for Kentucky Kernel photo editor Jonathan Krueger at Memorial Hall on Monday.

Kernel memorial, candlelight vigil draws hundreds

PHOTO BY TAYLOR PENCE | STAFF

Faculty members, journalists and friends of late Kentucky Kernel photo editor Jonathan Krueger lit candles in celebration of his life on campus on Monday. By Will Wright wwright@kykernel.com

Smiles and laughter were as prevalent as tears at the Kentucky Kernel’s memorial and candlelight vigil for late photo editor Jonathan Krueger. Friends, coworkers, fraternity brothers, city officials, journalists and university faculty nearly filled Memorial Hall to tell stories and share in the happiness that Krueger brought to those he knew. Director of the UK Counseling Center Mary Chandler Bolin kicked off the memorial by relaying a message from the Krueger family to his friends at UK. “We would like to thank

everyone for the outpouring of love … we have received. We know that you share in our grief,” the message read. “Knowing that hundreds of people love him and miss him like we do is encouraging.” The note from Krueger’s family was reflective of other stories told throughout the night in that all of them spoke to his ambitiousness, positivity and honesty. Kernel staff complimented Krueger’s contributions to the newspaper, from his work to his energy and passion. “When you work for the Kernel, you commit to being part of a family. Krueger was part of that family,” said Kevin Erpenbeck, Kernel sports edi-

PHOTO BY TAYLOR PENCE | STAFF

Members of the Kentucky Kernel, friends and fraternity brothers come together for a candlelight vigil during a memorial service for Kernel photo editor Jonathan Krueger outside Memorial Hall in Lexington, Ky.

tor. “What made Krueger so special and so memorable was the enthusiasm he brought every day.” Whether it was his peers at the Kernel, his fraternity brothers or a friend from his hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio, the message was the same. Krueger, an integrated strategic communications junior, was re-

membered for bringing up those around him and inspiring people to embrace friendship, fun and love. Through stories of Chipotle, biking or partying, Krueger’s friends said he taught them valuable lessons on how to live life to the fullest. “He was a photographer,

student, friend and a colleague, a brother, son, … a mentor and a teacher,” Erpenbeck said. “But all those things boil down to one simple thing; he was family. Thank you for all the joy, all the happiness, the memories and all the love that you unselfishly gave us, Krueger. Watch over us and keep us safe. We love you, Jonathan.”

Third arrested in Murder suspects enter not guilty pleas Questions remain as investigation into near-campus shooting continues student death By Will Wright

By Will Wright wwright@kykernel.com

Lexington police arrested a third individual in connection to the shooting of Kentucky Kernel photo editor Jonathan Krueger. A 17-year-old male was charged with murder, robbery, and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the shooting on the 400 block of East Maxwell Street near campus. Police said they do not anticipate any more arrests in the case.

On Friday, police arrested Justin Delone Smith, 18, and Efrain Diaz, 20. Both men were charged with murder and first-degree robbery. Smith was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing and evading. Both Diaz and Smith’s attorneys entered not guilty pleas to the charges on Monday afternoon. Krueger, an integrated strategic communications junior, was shot and killed early Friday morning while he was walking home, near Transylvania Park.

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Neither of the two suspects in the shooting death of Kentucky Kernel photo editor Jonathan Krueger said a word in Fayette County District Court this afternoon. Defense attorneys for Efrain Diaz Jr., 20, and Justin Delone Smith, 18, entered not guilty pleas to the charges of murder and first-degree robbery. Smith was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing and evading. Judge T. Bruce Bell scheduled both men to appear in court on May 7 for prelim-

inary hearings and denied bond for both suspects. The Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

scene and if either Diaz or Smith had gang affiliations. A police report reads that Diaz “and codefendants ac-

Justin D. Smith

Efrain Diaz Jr.

declined to answer pending questions of the case, including if there are other suspects, if police found a gun at the

tively participated in a theft against victims, where the suspects used physical force to accomplish the theft while

armed with firearms.” The use of the word “firearms,” raises questions about the number of guns. In addition, “codefendants” raises questions about how many people were involved in the murder. “During the conducting of the theft, suspects intentionally caused the death of one victim by means of a firearm,” the report reads. Another police report raises similar questions: “The suspect then attempted (to) discard evidence of the crime to prevent its use in an official proceeding.” See SUSPECTS on page 4

Kernel In Print — April 21, 2015  
Kernel In Print — April 21, 2015  
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