It's an unsolved murder that happened in a popular park. To the family of victim Jack Fay, it's so much more.
"My brother was a good person. No family should have to experience what we have," Jerry Fay told NBC10.
Fay's body was found May 17 in a trash barrel in Warwick City Park, where he ran every morning.
Daughter Meaghan Fay said, "You just never imagine something like this would happen to somebody you know, let alone your own father. It's just been horrible."
Meaghan, Jerry, and the family have now organized a vigil in the park that Jack Fay loved.
"It's to honor my dad's memory, to let people know he was a regular runner in that park. He ran there for over 30 years. He was doing the same thing he did every day," Meaghan told NBC10.
Apart from running, the retired postal worker from Warwick loved math.
"He was a really intelligent man. He was always into always improving himself and learning," said Meaghan.
Jerry added, "Finding him in the park the way he was found may have portrayed an image that the family wants to be sure that people understand my brother was a wonderful person. He was a hard worker. He was a Vietnam veteran with a Purple Heart."
As well as remembering Jack, the family also wants the vigil to serve as a reminder that the killer has not been caught. They're looking for leads and help from the community that has also been on edge.
Meaghan said, "I think people are concerned. They don't understand, the same as we don't understand, why it happened. I think, just as we've been shocked and saddened by this whole thing, I think the community has as well."
The family wants the public to know that the killer likely had wounds to his hands and face because Fay put up a struggle before he was murdered.
And the area where the body was found was covered in poison ivy, so the killer may have gotten it shortly after.
The vigil is Saturday night, July 27, at 7:30 near the baseball fields at Warwick City Park on Asylum Rd.
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