Memorial for UK student murdered in Lexington

Jonathan Krueger | Photo provided by Beta Theta Pi
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a year since a University of Kentucky student was shot and killed.

The UK community continues to deal with the loss of Jonathan Krueger.

To honor his memory, the UK School of Journalism held a memorial Monday afternoon in the Maggie Room of the Grehan Building.

Friends and family came together to share the memories of Krueger.

"What I would like to do is join and celebrate his life. Talk about him, remember him today," said one of the attendees.

Sunday marked the one year anniversary of Krueger's murder.

He was a photojournalist at the campus newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel.

"'Your expedition awaits, head off into the great unknown,' and that was one of the last entries he made for our class and we miss him very much," said Alyssa Eckman.

Krueger would have turned 23 last week.

A scholarship has been established in his memory.

His good friend and co-worker and The Kernel, Michael Reaves, is the first recipients.

Reaves told WKYT the awards is bittersweet.

"I just hope that in 30 years when nobody knows him and personally met him that his spirit will be here, his fingerprint that none of us can leave," Reeves said.

"When I think back to that morning a year ago I never thought I'd meet all of you and learn about The Kernel family," said his mother, Mary Krueger.

Now Krueger's picture is on the front page. It's a picture that will be etched forever into the memory of those who knew and loved him.

In March, a judge set a trial date for the three men charged with Krueger's murder.

Efrain Diaz, Justin Smith and Roman Gonzalez are all three charged with murder.

Their trial is set to begin March 6, 2017.

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