News of the death of Karina Vetrano has disturbed families to their core.
The 30-year-old went on a routine jog in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, New York at around 5pm. When her fathers' frantic calls went unanswered, a search party was sent out to find her.
Then, the unthinkable for any parent occurred.
Philip Vetrano, a firefighter who was a 9/11 first responder, discovered his daughter brutally slain.
Reports claim Karina was discovered face down; her teeth were knocked out, and she'd been strangled to death. A used condom wrapper was discarded near her body.
Karina was discovered just 20 feet from her regular jogging path in Spring Creek Park, a marshy area close to the beach. The overgrown area, seen as an “eyesore,” was a contentious topic for many locals before her death. Now its at the forefront of a heated debate, with many demanding surveillance cameras.
The grisly murder has also spurred many women to investigate methods of self-defense.
According to CBS Local, many New York runners have turned to a Texas company, Booby Trap Bras Clothing, that specializes in a something called a “boobytrap bra,” which is designed with a hidden pouch that can hold a knife, pepper spray or a stun gun.
One mother of a jogger has reached out to the company to help design one, saying:
“There are so many attackers out there right now and women feel helpless."
The company's products include:
- Compression Sleeve w/ Pockets
- Bra with Knife Sheath
- Bra with Pepper Spray Pocket
- Raglan Top
- Razerback Tanks
Sadly, female runners have good reason to be gravely concerned. News of attacks on unsuspecting women continues.
According to People, another jogger was just discovered murdered in a wooded area right outside of Boston. Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee, was visiting her mom in the rural area of Princeton, Mass. from New York City when she went on a jog and never returned. She was discovered naked and partially burned.
These deaths, of course, are absolutely devastating for families. Recently, Karina's mother had scorching words for her daughter's killer:
“Whoever you are, I’m here to remind you in case you don’t already know, that now it’s the whole entire world against you. The whole entire world knows what a pathetic, puny, weak piece of filth you are. The whole world knows that. And soon, I know, they’re all gonna know your face as well. Soon we’re gonna have a face to the d**kless piece of garbage that you are.
And above and beyond all, you know that my daughter was a force to be reckoned with, and I guarantee you, I guarantee you, you motherfucker, that you will be reckoning with that force not only for the rest of your pathetic life, but for the rest of eternity as you fucking burn in hell. I guarantee you that. My daughter was a big believer of karma, and as you can see, she’s magical. The whole world knows she’s magical. And I guarantee you, you will pay forever."
The area where Karina's body was discovered, also known as the Weeds, has long been known as a notorious “dumping grounds” for dead bodies. Since Karina's death, many women have stopped running near, or in, the Weeds altogether.
A $10,000 award has been offered for any information that leads to the arrest of Karina Vetrano's killer.
As for the uptick in interest for Booby Trap Bras, it comes as no surprise. Sales of handguns, especially amongst female buyers, have soared in the last few years. Not only that, but gun instructors are seeing more women in their classes.
Independent Journal Review reached out to Booby Trap Bras for a comment. They have yet to respond.