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UPDATE: McGruder was out celebrating birthday when she was killed, says friend

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UPDATE: Friend of 26-year-old, Jenni McGruder, said she was out celebrating her 26th birthday the weekend she was shot and killed by an unknown gunman at the Seminary Street Pub. 

Graham Archer, a friend of McGruder said he believes she was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m. on April 01. 

"I read Galesburg girl killed, and when she said the name I instantly fell to the ground," said Archer. "An innocent girl lost her life, celebrating her birthday with her friends on holiday weekend and doesn't get to go home to her two kids. That kills me."

That friend describes McGruder as a preschool teacher who was a loving mother and wife. He also tells 25 News she was very involved in her community.

The Register-Mail is reporting that Galesburg Police have a person of interest that could be involved in the slaying.

Galesburg Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Galesburg Police Detective Kevin Legate at (309) 345-3765 or call Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 344-0044.

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A 26-year-old Galesburg woman is dead after an early Easter Sunday bar shooting.

The Galesburg Police Department responded to the Seminary Street Pub, 105 S. Seminary just after 1:30 a.m. on a report of shots fired. Police on scene found Jenni McGruder with a single gunshot wound at the bar. Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas pronounced her dead at the scene.

The Galesburg Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Galesburg Police Detective Kevin Legate at (309) 345-3765 or call Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 344-0044. You can also text key word “GALESBURG” then the tip to 274637(crimes).

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