Dozens came together to honor Andrea Kruger on Thursday evening. "I'm in awe of the support that the community has shown in all aspects and every aspect," said the victim's brother, Ryan Roberts.
"Folks that I've never met, don't know, and my sister touched their lives, are contacting me and just letting me know that they are very sorry for the situation and how happy they were to even know Andrea," said Roberts.
On Thursday, local pastors held a memorial for Kruger. She was murdered and found Wednesday at the same intersection where the memorial was held, at 168th and Fort Streets in Omaha.
"The most beautiful thing about her was her big, beautiful smile," said the victim's grandmother, Mary Ellen Freyermuth. "She was such a happy person all of the time. That wasn't just for pictures. That was her."
A the memorial, family was asked to stand together in the middle of the group, surrounded by prayers and love, even from total strangers like Jerry Szatko. "Life is so precious and to have life taken, it doesn't matter if you know the individual or the family or not, it's a life, it's you, it could be any of us," said Szatko.
Kruger's family is so thankful for the support. "I apologize to everyone that I don't reply to all their messages but it's encouraging, continue to do that, I need those," said Roberts. "I need to be able to read that to get the closure."
"We loved her so much and we really miss her," said Freyermuth.
Friends have assembled a Web tribute in her memory.
A memorial fund has been set up at Union Bank under the name of the Andrea Kruger Memorial Fund. The people who set it up are from Lincoln but you can donate at any Union Bank location or over the phone by calling 800-297-2837.