Scholarship for slain UK student far surpasses $10,000 goal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It’s been a week since a well-known UK student was shot and killed in the early morning hours last Friday.

A lot has happened since then, including an explosion of support for a memorial scholarship fund in Jonathan Krueger’s name. To quote the staff of the Kentucky Kernel, it’s “making the best out of a bad situation.”

"I think everybody’s kind of everybody’s banding together to adjust,” says Kernel Editor and Chief Morgan Eads.

It was a big adjustment for the Kentucky Kernel staff. One week ago, they lost one of their own.

"It’s clearly very different; he was a big presence in the newsroom. He was always in there,” she says.

Police say Jonathan Krueger was robbed and murdered early Friday morning. The 22-year-old was photo editor at the Kernel.

But as the mourning process continues, so does another. One of many efforts to memorialize Krueger takes the form of a scholarship.

"Hopefully this memorial fund will be a way that we can carry the legacy on,” says the GoFundMe page’s organizer, Jonathan Palmer.

It’s original $10,000 goal is in the distant past.

"Clearly Jonathan had a reach. He reached a lot of people, more people than we ever imagined here at the Kernel,” says photojournalism adviser, David Stephenson. “The goal was met within a day, it was doubled in a matter of a few more days. There are more donations coming in outside of the GoFundMe account."

In six days, the Krueger Memorial Scholarship has raised around $25,000.

"It’s certainly been nice to see that so many people are willing to come out and donate a little bit to help continue his passion for photography,” says Eads.

If you’re interested in donating, head to http://www.gofundme.com/JONATHANKRUEGER.

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