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Slain jogger Karina Vetrano remembered at tearful funeral service

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 3:15 PM

The bright star that shone in Philip Vetrano’s life has gone out — and the retired firefighter shared his grief Saturday with hundreds of mourners who gathered in Queens for his daughter’s funeral.

The service at St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach for Karina Vetrano was packed with heartbroken relatives and teary-eyed friends who came to comfort one another and remember the slain beauty.

Uniformed FDNY officers lined the steps as Karina’s casket was carried into the church, just a few blocks from the remote stretch of parkland where she was killed.

“She was so full of life, light, beauty and power,” Philip Vetrano told the “Just like a shooting star burns out at its greatest point so did Karina.”

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Karina Vetrano is returned to the hearse after her funeral at St Helen's Church in Howard Beach on Saturday.

Karina Vetrano is returned to the hearse after her funeral at St Helen’s Church in Howard Beach on Saturday.

(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

The 30-year-old St. John’s graduate was killed in the secluded 200-acre Spring Creek Park off Jamaica Bay Tuesday while out for an evening run.

Her body was found by her devastated dad near a remote dirt and gravel path surrounded by 10-foot high weeds.

The avid runner typically jogged with her father, but a bad back kept him at home that night.

Philip Vetrano (c.) tearfully spoke at his daughter’s funeral service.

Philip Vetrano (c.) tearfully spoke at his daughter’s funeral service.

(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

Dozens of bright flower bouquets surrounded Vetrano’s dark wooden casket, her mother and father sitting a few feet away for much of the service. The couple recalled their daughter’s fondness for writing poetry, traveling and her incredible zeal for life.

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“Karina lived every day as if it was her last, she gave every second of living out of every minute,” dad Philip Vetrano said. “She lived more in those 30 years than 10 people would in a lifetime.”

Vetrano’s devastated mother, Kathy Vetrano, shared a poem she wrote to her daughter in 2003 before she went away on a trip.

Philip Vetrano discovered his daughter’s body while searching for her with cops.

Philip Vetrano discovered his daughter’s body while searching for her with cops.

“So fragile, my girl,” she began. “A tiger, she rages, she roars in this world. Brilliant, resilient, powerful, dangerous, restless and proud.

“The heart of a lion, the soul of a lamb. Karina, my baby, you shine and you love,” she concluded, her husband kissing her on the cheek as the sound of applause echoed through the church.

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Outside, white ribbons ringed telephone poles, trees, and lampposts along the streets in honor of the globe-trotting writer.

Vetrano’s coffin is returned to the hearse after the funeral.

Vetrano’s coffin is returned to the hearse after the funeral.

(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

Cops continued the search for a suspect in the sadistic killing Saturday.

Cops brought in an FBI drone a day earlier to fly over the area, and dozens of Queens sex offenders were grilled as the manhunt continued, sources said.

Detectives were also examining Vetrano’s headphones and a sneaker for clues to her killer. Both items were to be tested for DNA or fingerprints. They were found on either side of the unpaved path where the killer lurked, sources said. The sneaker was found 100 feet away from Vetrano’s battered body.

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Karina Vetrano was killed Tuesday while jogging in Howard Beach.

Karina Vetrano was killed Tuesday while jogging in Howard Beach.

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The headphones were found about 30 feet from the pathway.

Anyone with information about the murder should call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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