Karina Vetrano was a beautiful, vivacious woman who lived in Queens, New York. On her Instagram page, she described herself as a thrill-seeker and a daydreamer. She loved to travel the world and frequently posted photos of her adventures. Karina had two siblings and her father was a retired firefighter who was one of the first responders after the 9/11 attacks.
Karina worked with Autistic children in Manhattan as a speech pathologist. Aside from receiving a Master's in Pathology, Karina also dreamt of being a writer. In 2013, she took part in a short film based on one of her writings.