Karina Vetrano reward fund gets $100K in hours

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Karina Vetrano reward fund gets $100K in hours
Karina Vetrano reward fund gets $100K in hours

More than $188,000 has been raised through the website GoFundMe for a reward in the arrest of Karina Vetrano’s killer.

A fund set up to help find information leading to the killer of Karina Vetrano received more than $100,000 in donations less than 24 hours after it was launched and kept growing rapidly from there.

The “Karina Vetrano Memorial Reward Fund” started on Tuesday and hit the $100,000 mark, with more than 1,000 people donating to it, before 5 p.m. the next day.

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The reserve is separate from the $20,000 reward being offered by the NYPD. Police officials said Monday at a town hall on the investigation that any private fundraisers could not be used to add to the Crime Stoppers total, but could be awarded in conjunction with it.

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The fund was set up along with Cathie and Philip Vetrano, Karina’s parents. A committee of five Howard Beach leaders are watching over the reserve. They are Cathy Napolitano, Phyllis Inserillo, Michelle and David Schwartz and Patricia Adams, publisher of the Forum Newsgroup newspaper.

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The gofundme page had an original goal of $100,000, which, after easily reaching that, was extended to $200,000.

Go to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Reward FundGoFundMe page.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Christopher B. Taub

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