St. John’s University to hold memorial masses for Karina Vetrano, Arshell Dennis

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JAMAICA, Queens — Memorial masses have been scheduled to honor two St. John’s University students next month after one was sexually assaulted and killed while jogging near her family’s Howard Beach home and the other was gunned down while visiting his sick mother in Chicago, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday.

A mass will be held for Karina Vetrano on Friday, Sept. 2 at 12:15 p.m, and for Arshell “Trey” Dennis III the following Friday at the same time

Both services will be held in the St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus.

“Both of their lives, filled with determination and great promise, were taken away far too soon,” the university email reads. “Karina and Arshell will always be part of the St. John’s family and remembered for the joy and spirit they brought to the University.”

Vetrano earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the university and graduated in May 2015.

She was sexually assaulted and killed the evening of Aug. 2 when she went for a solo jog near her family’s home in Howard Beach. Police are still searching for the killer.

Dennis, 19, was to begin his junior year at the university this fall. He was a journalism major and the son of a police officer.

He was fatally shot Aug. 14 while visiting his family, including his sick mother in Chicago.

Chicago police said it was likely a case of mistaken identity, and they are still searching for the shooter.

“The St. John’s community mourns the passing of Karina and Arshell and sends out heartfelt condolences to their families as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” the email reads.