Private Funeral Mass Held for Slain Jogger

A private funeral mass was held Tuesday morning for the New York City Google employee found dead a week ago after she went for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home.

Facing unanswered questions regarding Vanessa Marcotte's death, family and friends shifted their focus to celebrating her life as she was laid to rest. Marcotte was remembered as a young woman who loved the outdoors, had a great sense of style and had a passion for volunteering.

Marcotte was found dead last Sunday night hours after she went for a run near her mother's home in Princeton, a rural town west of Boston.

A wake was held Monday night for the 27-year-old who graduated with honors from Boston University. Runners, family, friends and community members met Sunday night in the small town for a 5K run in honor of Marcotte.

Investigators believe Marcotte fought for her life and left her attacker wounded. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the tip line at 508-453-7589.

The Worcester District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police and Princeton Police are working together on the investigation.

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