Sheriff to give updates on investigation into Kruger killing - Omaha.com
Published Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 5:49 pm
Sheriff to give updates on investigation into Kruger killing

Video: A prayer vigil for Andrea Kruger

Photo slideshow: The Andrea Kruger prayer vigil.

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Update: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office plans to hold a 3:30 p.m. press conference to discuss the investigation into the homicide of Andrea Kruger. Click here to watch at 3:30.

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Douglas County investigators said Thursday that “a feeble attempt'' was made to destroy evidence inside the vehicle recovered in connection with the slaying of Andrea Kruger.

Someone poured gasoline inside Kruger's 2012 Chevrolet Traverse and ignited it, but the fire fizzled, said Sheriff Tim Dunning.

Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler said crime scene investigators continue to examine the vehicle.

The body of Kruger, 33, was found about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of 168th and Fort Streets. She was found in the street and had been shot multiple times.

Her vehicle was found later that day in an alley near 43rd and Charles Streets.

Family, friends and even strangers gathered Thursday night for a prayer vigil across the street from where Kruger was killed. About 80 people attended, many bringing flowers and written notes to her.

“I appreciate all of the love and support,” said Michael-Ryan Kruger, Andrea's husband.

Investigators recovered items from a roof near where the Kruger vehicle was found, but Wheeler said Thursday that they had “no significant value'' to the investigation.

Kruger was believed to be returning home from work as a bartender at Deja Vu lounge, near 178th and Pacific Streets. Wheeler said investigators are following two routes that Kruger was known to drive from work to home.

Investigators also are checking with businesses for any security video that may have recorded events leading to the death of Kruger.

“We're trying to retrace her steps by checking with businesses along her usual paths,”Wheeler said. “We're asking anyone who may have seen Kruger or her vehicle to call us.”

Michael-Ryan Kruger, who attended the vigil with his children, talked about the emotional roller-coaster the family has been on. He said he can't go into the couple's bedroom without breaking down. He said he lost it at the funeral home and again at the church. He is reminded of Andrea each time he looks at his children.

“I've been unable to breathe because I'm crying so hard,” he said.

Ryan Roberts, Andrea's brother, said he is feeling angry right now, but he is putting his faith in God.

“God has put the right people in places to find whoever has done this and bring them to justice,” Roberts said.

Funeral services for Kruger will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Stonebridge Christian Church, 15801 Butler Ave. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Reichmuth Funeral Home, 21909 W. Maple Road.

Donations to the Andrea Kruger Memorial Fund are being accepted at all Union Bank and Trust Company locations.

The prayer vigil

Contact the writer: Alissa Skelton

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Alissa is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for Omaha.com.

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