By Angelica Acevedo
The Archbishop Molloy High School is hosting a memorial event in honor of alumnus Karina Vetrano, who was murdered in August while jogging in Howard Beach.
The June 23-24 eventwill feature an overnight relay walk/run open to the public and a Catholic mass and brunch.
A permanent memorial will be dedicated in Vetrano’s memory.
Molloy said the event was organized in an effort to “inspire members of the greater Queens Community to make charitable contributions” to a scholarship they created in Vetrano’s name. The school said the scholarship will benefit “deserving young women who enter Molloy in her memory.”
Phil Vetrano, Karina’s father, will begin the relay by carrying an item that belonged to Karina and will then pass it on to participating family members and friends. Vetrano spoke on behalf of his family to invite any and all people to participate in the event.
“It would mean so much to my family and to everyone at Molloy, in Howard Beach, and all over Queens to see Karina’s memory carry on by helping kids at the high school she loved,” Vetrano said. “The more people that get involved, the stronger our belief that Karina will never be forgotten.”
The event will take place on the school grounds, located at 83-53 Manton St. in Briarwood. Those interested in attending the event or who want to make donations may visit the school’s website at www.mollo