HOWARD BEACH, Queens -- While mourners attended the wake for Karina Vetrano, the woman who was killed while she was jogging in Howard Beach this week, investigators continue to look for clues that might lead them to the person who sexually assaulted and strangled her.
Meanwhile, one of her closest friends, who learned about Vetrano's murder while she was on her honeymoon, just returned to New York from that honeymoon in time to attend the wake. Vetrano had been a bridesmaid in Alicia Scavetta's wedding, and on Friday, Scavetta and her family spoke out about how amazing a person Vetrano was, and about how great a loss this is to everyone who'd known her.
"The last time I saw her," said Frank Scavetta, father of the bride, "was at my daughter's wedding two Sundays ago. She was happy all night. She was dancing all night. When my other daughter phoned me [about the murder], I just couldn't believe it."
Frank Scavetta had to break the news about Karina's murder to his daughter while she was on her honeymoon. He said that he didn't want her to hear about through social media or other sources, so he called her.
"She said, 'It's impossible,'" Scavetta said in describing his daughter's reaction. '"I was speaking to her every day. I was texting her last night,'" he said she'd told him.
"My daughter's in shock," said Scavetta. "Even my wife, too. Everyone's in shock. When you see someone who's full of life at 30 years old go like that, it's hard."
Karina Vetrano's life included a trip to the French Riviera last month. She'd been in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais, a day or two before the terrorist attack there that killed 85 people.
She'd also starred in an arthouse short film, titled Paradox, which was based on poetry that Vetrano had written. She'd also written a message to the bride, days before Alicia's wedding.
In her mourning, Alicia Scavetta told PIX11 News that she's too distraught to do interviews about her friend and the heartwarming message Vetrano had written.
However, the newlywed asked her father to share it. It spoke of the friendship that had lasted more than half their lives, and how their milestone birthdays -- both had recently turned 30 -- were just days apart from each other. Vetrano ended the message, which she'd posted on Instagram, by saying, "I will always be there for you and will always love you."
The fact that Karina's murder rendered that moot has left her best friend's family distraught.
"I have a lot of anger," Frank Scavetta told PIX11 News. "I really want to see the face of evil. The person who did this was evil. They don't deserve to live on this earth."
Meanwhile, the search continues for whoever sexually assaulted and killed Vetrano while she was jogging near a wooded, marshy area near her Howard Beach home early Tuesday evening.
The reward for information leading to her attacker is $10,000.