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Third vigil set for murdered UK student

The victim, Jonathan W. Krueger (Source: Facebook) The victim, Jonathan W. Krueger (Source: Facebook)
LEXINGTON, KY - (WLEX/WAVE) Friends and family will hold a third vigil Monday night to remember the life and legacy of University of Kentucky student Jonathan Krueger. 

The vigil is planned for 8 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hall. Police say the junior was the victim of a random robbery Friday; he was shot and killed on the outskirts of campus.

Less than 24-hours after his death, police arrested and charged two men with murder. 

Justin Smith, 18, was charged with murder, robbery and evidence tampering and Efrain Diaz, 20, was later arrested on murder and robbery charges. 

Friday night Krueger's friends and fraternity brothers held a vigil for him at the Catholic Newman Center on campus.

There was a line to get into the service as nearly 500 people showed up to say goodbye to their friend.

"He would be overwhelmed because he was such a nice person," said friend Jonathan Palmer. 

A second memorial was held on Sunday in Krueger's hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio near Toledo where hundreds of friends and family came to remember a life taken too soon. 

Krueger was a photographer for UK's student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. 

In just three days loved ones along with the Kentucky Kernel's parent company have established a scholarship fund and launched a GoFundMe page to raise money.

So far, the Jonathan Krueger Memorial Scholarship fund has raised more than $14,300 with 173 donations, surpassing the goal of just $10,000. 

The scholarship will help a photography student just like Krueger. 

“We hope that the candidate will embody that energetic spirit and the dedication to excellence and he was just a good person,” said Palmer.

To donate to the fund, click here

Diaz and Smith are expected to enter their pleas before a judge on Monday. 

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