In less than 24 hours, a scholarship fund named for a University of Kentucky student killed early Friday has surpassed its fundraising goal of $10,000.
As of Sunday night, the fundraising site GoFundMe.com, showed that more than $13,000 had been pledged to start a photojournalism scholarship in honor of Jonathan Krueger.
Krueger, the photo editor of the UK student newspaper the Kentucky Kernel, died after being shot on Maxwell Street in an apparent robbery. Krueger, 22, was a junior from Perrysburg, Ohio. Lexington police have arrested two men and charged them with murder.
The Kernel started the fundraising effort shortly after Krueger's death. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a promising Kernel photographer every year.
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Jonathan Palmer, a free-lance photographer and a former Kernel photo editor who helped start the fundraising effort, said the fund will continue to take donations so it can award more or higher-value scholarships, he said.
"It's really been overwhelming," Palmer said of the response. "We did not think that we were going to raise this amount of money in such a short period of time."
More than 150 people had donated to the scholarship fund as of Sunday night, according to a list of donors on GoFundMe.com.
A community vigil for Krueger is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday outside UK's Memorial Hall.
If it rains, the ceremony will be inside Memorial Hall.