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(LEOMINSTER, Ma.) — Family and friends of 27-year-old Google employee Vanessa Marcotte will gather at her funeral today, nine days after she was killed in broad daylight in Princeton, Massachusetts.

The funeral service begins at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster, Massachusetts.

On Aug. 7, Marcotte went for a jog near her mother’s home in Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston, and never returned. Her body was found that night in a wooded area about half a mile from her mother’s home.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said last week that Marcotte may have struggled with her unknown killer.

Police said Marcotte was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Early said Marcotte frequently visited Massachusetts. She was planning to return to New York City on the day of her death.

A Google representative described Marcotte in a statement as “a much loved member of the Google team” who was “known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Her alma mater, Boston University, has paid tribute to her as well. “We’re so terribly sad for her family and friends,” Colin Riley, the executive director of media relations at Boston University, told ABC News. “They’re in our thoughts and prayers.”

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