UPDATE: 18-year-old arrested following fatal shooting near UK

ABC 36 has learned that an 18-year-old has been arrested following the shooting death of UK student Jonathan Krueger.

According to Lexington police, Justin D. Smith has been charged for his alleged involvement in Krueger’s death.

Police tell us that Krueger, 22, was walking with a friend along East Maxwell near Transylvania Park at around 2 Friday morning, when they were approached by Smith and an undetermined number of others.

They say the suspects then tried to rob Krueger and the other person.

We’re told Krueger’s friend managed to escape, but Krueger was shot multiple times.  Residents in the area say they saw emergency crews rip open Krueger’s shirt and try to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

He was then rushed to UK Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Fayette County Coroner.

Krueger’s death is being felt across campus, including at the Kentucky Kernel where he worked as a photo editor. 

His newspaper adviser, Chris Poore, says he was friends with everyone after working there more than three years.  His friends say he was always able to brighten a room.  "He was such a nice guy, anyone who met him liked him," says the editor in chief of the paper, Morgan Eads. 

Poore also says next year he was going to the be newspaper’s student advertising manager and that his work kept getting better and better.  He recently covered the NCAA and SEC tournaments. 

Krueger was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi, Snowcats: UK’s Ski, Snowboard & Outdoor Club, was a rep for Red Bull and was a photographer for Trifection Entertainment.  His friends say he loved fishing and anything outdoors.  They say his family is from Ohio and that he often showed off pictures of plants from their greenhouse.

Officials say their investigation on Krueger’s death is ongoing, and they are still looking for the other suspects involved.

Smith, meanwhile, has been charged with murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing and evading police.

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