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Karina Vetrano: Reward in NYC Jogger's Sex Slaying Now $20K

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By    |   Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 09:04 AM

Karina Vetrano, the New York City jogger who was sexually assaulted and killed in a Queens park, was buried after a funeral crowded with city firefighters like her retired father, and the reward offered in connection with her slaying increased to $20,000 as police sought a break in the case.

Vetrano, 30, was found in the park in Queens on Aug. 2, where police said she was raped and strangled, said WABC-TV. No suspect or person of interest has been named in the case yet.

According to the New York Daily News, Vetrano went jogging about 5 p.m. near her family home. Her father, retired firefighter Philip Vetrano, went looking for her when she didn't return and found her body.

Vetrano likely put up a "ferocious fight" before her death, chief of detectives Robert Boyce told the Daily News.

At least a dozen sex offenders in Queens have been interviewed in the case, police said.

Authorities first offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect or suspects in the case, said the Daily News. A private GoFundMe page started by Philip Vetrano online is also offering a reward and has raised more than $164,000.

"Every dollar from you will help to bring her family and our community one step closer to the only thing that can help now and that is an arrest and conviction," the GoFundMe page said.

"These funds are the only thing that we feel we can do to encourage anyone with information to come forward with something that will (lead) to an arrest. We hope and pray that you will read this and recognize that an event like this is universal. It could happen to your daughter, your sister, your mother."

City firefighters joined Philip Vetrano at his daughter's funeral on Saturday.

"She was so full of life, light, beauty and power," Vetrano said at her funeral, per the Daily News. "Just like a shooting star burns out at its greatest point, so did Karina."

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Karina Vetrano, the New York City jogger who was sexually assaulted and killed in a Queens park, was buried after a funeral crowded with city firefighters like her retired father, and the reward offered in connection with her slaying increased to $20,000 as police sought a break in the case.
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