The funeral for Vanessa Marcotte, the New York woman who was murdered while jogging in Princeton, Massachusetts, last Sunday, is set for Tuesday, according to her obituary.
Marcotte's funeral will be held at the Brandon Funeral Home in Fitchburg Tuesday morning. Her family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Inc., the Matt Light Foundation for Crohn’s Disease, or the nonprofit Harlem Grown.
Marcotte had been a volunteer at Tutoring Plus and Harlem Grown, according to her obituary. She was born in Leominster and attended the Bancroft School in Worcester and Boston University before moving to New York City.
Officials believe Marcotte, 27, was killed while jogging in the Princeton woods. They say she most likely fought back against her attacker and that the incident occurred between 1 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Anyone with information about someone with suspicious injuries, or who saw any cars on the road at that the time, is urged to contact the Massachusetts State Police hotline at 508-453-7589.
"She was kind, compassionate, bright, curious, charming, and vivacious," her obituary stated. "She was blessed with beauty, grace, a generous spirit, and a loving heart."