UPDATE: Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning gave an update on Andrea Kruger's murder Friday afternoon. He believes the crime was random and doesn't believe deputies are dealing with a serial offender. They would not say if they have a person of interest.
Dunning said deputies are taking their time to make sure they examine all evidence in the case. Deputies are still looking at surveillance video from businesses along Kruger's route home. Dunning said he hasn't ruled out a carjacking. He also said they haven't identified any suspects that might have been at the bar she was working out right before she was killed. Deputies said they have ruled out an ex-boyfriend as a person of interest.
Deputies don't plan on releasing 911 tapes regarding the incident. They said they have gotten at least 12 tips through the tip line at 402-444-6000.
They said they have heard from people in the community that might be concerned about their safety. They encouraged people to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Deputies said that they are offering special patrols in the area where the crime happened as well as where Kruger's family lives.
OMAHA (KPTM)- Wednesday investigators found a key piece of evidence in the case. Kruger's stolen car was located near 43rd and Charles. Deputies said someone attempted to destroy evidence inside. A small fire was started in the car, but deputies say it didn't do much damage.
Thursday evening family and friends joined a prayer walk where Kruger's body was found at 168th and Fort in west Omaha. Though they were anxious for answers that could explain what led up to Kruger's killing, they also wanted to focus on praying that she rest in peace.
"We're going to see Andrea one more time and get a chance to just hold her, touch her," said her husband, Michael-Ryan Kruger. "And I know I'll that it will be very special and it will be tough."
Kruger's brother, Ryan Roberts said he was burdened by the thought of how his sister was left to die in the middle of the street.
"I'm angry. Very, very angry. For someone to do something like that, you know—I'd love to get my hands on them."
Andrea Kruger's funeral is scheduled for next Monday. A funeral fund is set up at Deja Vu Lounge where she was an employee.
Fox 42 spoke with Andrea's husband, Michael-Ryan who said he is heartbroken. He said he last spoke to her Wednesday morning while she was still working at a Southwest Omaha bar.
"She was almost home, she was really almost home."
He said he knew something was wrong when he realized his wife never came home. He called her cell phone nearly a dozen times, but never got an answer.
It wasn't until he turned on the TV and found a woman had been murdered just blocks away.
"I woke Jadyn up and he watched the girls and I'll go check it out and that was at like 6:15 in the morning and that's kind of when I knew after I was pulled over down the street here, I knew it wasn't coincidence that they were pulling me over so right then I knew...it was like a double shock, I'm getting pulled over and at the same time I just realized that that was definitely my wife."
Investigators said Andrea Kruger was the last worker to leave the DéJà Vu lounge off 178th and Pacific just before 2a.m. Wednesday morning.
It was just 20 minutes later when officers say gunshots rang out near 168th and Fort. By the time police got there, however, the mother of three was dead in the middle of the road. Her SUV gone. "Someone killed her and just left her."
The Krugers just celebrated their 5-year anniversary. Now Michael-Ryan Kruger wonders how he'll get by without her. "She made my life so easy. I had so many luxuries because of what she did. She was always hustling, always making things work for our family, the nuts and bolts of everyday, she put it all together and I was just along for the ride."
Friends and family said Andrea was a great friend. They said she was someone who always had a smile on her face and a pleasure to be around. Several groups are setting up memorial funds for her family. One of them is at the Cove lounge and grill off 145th and Maple. The other is planned to be set up at DéJà Vu, the bar Andrea worked at.
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