Grieving parents Phil and Cathy Vetrano have made it their life’s mission to seek justice for the cold and brutal killing of their daughter, Karina Vetrano. Today, they are working on raising the reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the Karina’s killer.
Karina Vetrano Dead: Parents Raise Reward To Find Daughter’s Killer
Phil, Cathy, and their friends have been hard at work raising $200,000 to help supplement the reward currently offered by the New York Police Department for information that will lead to the arrest of the Karina’s killer.
According to a GoFundMe page, the Katrina Vetrano Memorial Reward Fund, Karina has became a “daughter of the entire community,” and they are now “committed to seeing justice served in her memory.” The goal is to get an arrest and conviction for whoever Karina’s brutal killer is.
“We need your help in bringing this vicious animal to face the most sever punishment allowable by law,” the page says.
Today, the fund page has already raised more than $250,000. Phil is encouraging everyone to keep the donations coming. “From the bottom of my heart I thank you all and assure you every penny will go to charities that help people, children and of course the animals she loved so much,” he said.
At around 5 p.m. on August 2, Karina had gone out for a jog through a park a few blocks away from her family’s home. After she didn’t return, her father led a search for her missing daughter and found Karina’s body in Spring Creek Park.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, officials said that Karina was beaten and raped before her attacker strangled her to death. They also believe the suspect jumped Karina while she was in a remote area, a spot where weeds grow as high as 10 feet.
NYPD has raised the reward for Karina’s killer from $10,000 to $20,000 when DNA from another person was recovered from Karina’s body during her autopsy.
Meanwhile, Phil believes somebody has the information needed to bring his daughter’s killer to justice. He told ABC 7, “A crime like this, they talk about it, you know. They talk about it. They brag about it. Somebody saw somebody come home with scratches, with a bruise, because Karina fought back. So there are bruises.”