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Mass. Community Holds Run, Wake for Slain NYC Google Worker

Investigators believe she was attacked by a man and may have injured him in a struggle

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    The family and friends of Vanessa Marcotte honored her memory on Monday night at her wake in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, one week after she was killed. (Published Monday, Aug. 15, 2016)

    A wake was held Monday for the New York City Google employee found dead a week ago after she went for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home. 

    Vanessa 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.

    Runners, family, friends and community members met Sunday night in the small town for a 5K run in honor of the 27-year-old Google employee. 

    Investigators believe she was attacked by a man and may have injured him in a struggle. A cause of death hasn't been revealed in the case. 

    Authorities say they've received hundreds of tips but don't have any suspects. They're urging residents in the area to remain vigilant. 

    Calling hours were from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. 

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic church in Leominster, followed by burial at Woodside Cemetery in Westminster.

    According to her obituary, Marcotte was "kind, compassionate, bright, curious, charming, and vivacious" and "was blessed with beauty, grace, a generous spirit, and a loving heart."

    Marcotte's death shares some similarities with that of Karina Vetrano, a woman who was found strangled in a Queens park after leaving for a run on Aug. 2.