Mourners remember Google employee murdered while jogging in Mass.
The casket carrying the body of Vanessa Marcotte is carried out of Our Lady of the Lake Church Tuesday in Leominster, Mass.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 2:42 PM
Wistful memories mixed Tuesday with calls for justice at the emotional funeral of a Google worker murdered while jogging during a weekend visit with her parents.
Hundreds of people, including a busload of Google colleagues from New York and several police investigators, gathered for the Massachusetts farewell to 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte.
“She was so perfect, it was otherworldly,” said her best friend Leah Abrahams in a hearfelt eulogy. “Something about Vanessa always reminded me of the ocean — so breathlessly beautiful, quiet and peaceful.”
The funeral was held at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster, Mass., where the 27-year-old woman was baptized as a baby.
“Vanessa, you epitomize grace, like humility and absolute magic,” said Abrahams. “You were the stuff that dreams are made of.”
Town Mayor Dean Mazzarella was among those who mentioned that the person who killed Marcotte on Aug. 7 remained on the loose.
“The tips need to keep coming in,” said Mazzarella. “In reality, somebody knows something that is key.”
Police received more than 450 tips since her body was found, but have yet to find a suspect.
Marcotte, 27, a Google employee from New York City, was found dead after going jogging near her parents’ home near Princeton, Mass.
The Rev. Dennis O’Brien, who presidened over the funeral, said Marcotte’s memory would endure with her family and friends.
“She was living the dream,” said the Rev. O’Brien. “On Sunday, her dream was interrupted. Vanessa’s dream was interrupted — but not destroyed.”
Authorities said Marcotte, whose body was found in a wooded area about a half-mile from her parents’ home, fought desperately for her life.
Joanne McKay, whose brother worked for the slain woman’s grandparents, stood outside the church as the coffin was brought outside.
“It’s heart-wrenching because you just can’t understand it,” said McKay. “You’ve got a pervert out there — a very dangerous person. This is going to keep happening unless they catch him.”
Bev Ford reporting in Leominister, Massachusetts