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this is new york's no. 1 news channel 7 eyewitness news with joe torres and sandra bookman, laura behnke with sports and jeff smith with the seven-day accuweather forecast. now eyewitness news alex rodriguez announces the end of his career as a player for the new york yankees and the new role he'll take with the team. but first. >> i guarantee you you will pay forever. >> a heartbroken mother sends a powerful message, the person who killed her daughter will be caught. good evening, everyone. i'm sandra bookman.
remains a mystery, but one day after her funeral her parents made it clear. they won't stop their quest for justice until her killer is behind bars. >> eyewitness news reporter kemberly richardson is in howard beach. >> reporter: she took off her sunglasses and cathy vetrano delivered a blistering message that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up directed at whoever killed her daughter karina. the gist? you can run, but you cannot hide. to address the coward. >> reporter: whoever killed her daughter karina for the first time since the brutal murder, the vetranos spoke with reporters outside of their home, . karina just 30 years old went for a job in spring creek park. when she didn't return home, her father got worried, called police and with detectives
tall grass. the avid runner tried to fight off her attacker, but was strangled, severely beaten and assaulted. it's been an around the clock operation with detectives trying to track down the suspect. with nerves of steel cathy sent this message to karina's killer. >> you know that my daughter was a force to be reckoned with and i guarantee you that you will be reckoning with that for the rest of eternity as you [ bleep ] burn in hell. >> reporter: phillip told reporters he believes justice will be served. hundreds gathered for karina's funeral yesterday. flowers from the service now stand in the front yard. >> 11 was her favorite number. she loved butterflies. she loved rainbows. >> reporter: this arrangement, her two best friends explain. >> the three of us together were an unstoppable force. we were a triple threat.
a mother's admirable determination in the face of such evil. >> my daughter was a big believer of karma and as you could see, she's magical. the whole world knows she's magical and i guarantee you you will pay forever. >> reporter: back live police are using drones to gather any a suspect. again this is still very much a 24 hour operation. also today karina's father philip thanked the entire community out here and thanked the fdny for their support. he also thanked the nypd. he says without them they would be lost. for now we're live in howard beach kemberly richardson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. there's been another attack on an officer by an inmate at rikers island.
officer's benevolent association released this photo of a deep cut to the officer's forearm. two officers were assaulted by an inmate who got out of his cell early this morning while his door was open so his meal tray could be retrieved. officers recovered a scalpel blade from the scene. on eyewitness news at 11:00 tonight we'll hear from the president of the officers union. this week will be the last time yankees star alex rodriguez takes the field as a player. he announced today that he will but he is not leaving the team. the yankees announced a new role for the slugger next season. we have two reports on this surprising announcement tonight. we start with sports paniccor laura behnke at -- anchor laura behnke at yankee stadium.
as a teacher. after weeks of uncertainty alex rodriguez and the yankees have finally figured out a way to move on. >> the last four weeks have not been fun. it's been very painful and embarrassing to sit on the bench. it's been awkward. so from that sense i'm very happy that we found a solution. >> reporter: that solution, to play a final game friday before becoming a special adviser and instructor for the yanks next spring training. and mentor every step of the way. so at the end of the day i think that we'll benefit from that. >> i was incredibly humbled and flattered that he wanted me to spend time with the next generation of yankees. >> reporter: the yankees will pay rodriguez the remainder of his contract, roughly $27 million. >> he gets everything he deserves, the contract that he negotiated in full force. >> reporter: rodriguez is just
runs short of 700 in his career but has a long history of performance enhancing drugs leaving behind a complicated legacy. >> i'm going to be hopefully remembered for someone who tripped and fell a lot but someone who kept getting up. >> alex worked as hard as any player i've ever met. sometimes you think superstars, it just comes easy for them. yeah, alex made it look easy, but my gosh, did this guy work. >> reporter: now after friday's game rodriguez will be free to pursue would like including potentially signing with another team. so is that something he would consider at this point? the answer to that question is coming up a little bit later in sports. for now live at yankees stadium laura behnke, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. as you might imagine, fans have mixed emotions about this decision. mallory hoff is at yankee stadium with fan reaction. mallory? >> reporter: sandra, that's right, mixed emotions and mixed memories tonight. many fans seem to feel
they had no idea how exactly this would play out. yankees fans are reacting to the a-rod announcement. >> i saw it coming. >> i wasn't too surprised. he hasn't been hitting too well. >> now he can do something than just sit on the bench the whole game. he can help the younger players. >> reporter: mixed emotions about the player. >> there's people who think he's a cheater and hate him. as a yankee fan just born in up with a-rod, i have a perspective that he's one of the best players of all time. >> he was on the 2009 team and won a couple mvps here. he's a good player. >> i think i'm kind of glad he's going. he did a lot, but he caused more conflict than wanting to enjoy the game. >> reporter: this move marks a transition for the team. it also marks a transition for the fans who are looking
live outside of yankees stadium mallory hoff, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. investigators believe a 79- year-old grandfather shot to death last night in new rochelle was not the intended target. manuel ayala seen in a photo here with his wife was struck in the shoulder by a bullet outside a deli at the corner every third street and union avenue -- corner of third street and union avenue. surveillance video shows him sitting on a milk crate moments before he was shot. he moved here from be closer to his family. >> it hurts to miss a guy that we love. i hope the person that did it has to pay whatever he did. >> police believe the intended target was a group of young man also standing on the corner at the time. no arrests have been made yet. in the campaign for president hillary clinton leads donald trump the new abc news washington post poll. 50% of 1,000 people surveyed
democratic nominee while 42% said they support the republican. respondents strongly disapproved of trump's statements about the muslim parents of a fallen american soldier. tomorrow trump will try to change the subject with the speech about the economy. on abc's this week campaign advisor rudy guiliani said trump has time to turn things around. >> everyone should call down about it. there's certainly every opportunity for trump this election. >> meanwhile democratic vice presidential nominee tim kaine says people are responding to what they heard at the democratic national convention. is that hillary did a great job telling her story and i them the reason we're doing better in polling since last week is folks are getting reintroduced to that story in a positive
trump will address tomorrow. meanwhile dr. jill stein accepted the green party nomination. >> the idea now is tocreate 20 million jobs in order to meet the emergency of the economy and actually create a productive economy. >> the party gathered at university of houston to officially nominate its presidential ticket yesterday. dr. stein is a proponent of renewable energy and cutting military spending. manhattan, why police say it's investigated as a possible hate crime. >> and with the first zika cases transmitted in the u.s. why one local lawmaker says a new vaccine could be in jeopardy. >> i'm meteorologist bill evans in the weather center tonight for jeff tonight. what a great night, partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. we'll have a beautiful sunset and some wonderful temperatures
an attack on the subway is now investigated as a possible hate crime. police say the attacker made anti-gay remarks as he stabbed the man several times on a northbound one train on morningside heights last night around 7:30 at the 110th street and broadway station. the victim was transported to the hospital.
with sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into a home in the hamptons friday morning in southampton. a 19-year-old woman was choked and sexually assaulted before she escaped and ran outside as her attacker chased her with a baseball bat. 20-year-old marvin nunez was arrested not far from the home. a call tonight for congress to return from its summer recess for just one day to take ve in the fight against the zika virus. senator charles schumer says ongoing work on a vaccine could be jeopardized unless lawmakers vote soon to approve a nearly $2 billion emergency zika funding bill, but congress is not scheduled to reconvene until next month. >> we are on the verge of finding a vaccine to stop zika and because congress is derelict in its duty, we're not going to get that vaccine for a
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normal is 84 for this time of year, sunset 8:04, absolutely gorgeous. tonight a beauty of a night, low humidity and clear skies. the humidity is really on hold for monday and tuesday, hazy, hot and humid wednesday. we're getting to the dog days of august. the heat turns back up for thursday into the weekend. the beautiful part about today as you look across the sunnyside queens, 16-mile an hour wind out of the northwest. we had a front push through yesterday. now the winds are ou of the northwest and when the northwest wind dries out the air mass and really clears thing out. so it's really clear this evening. we'll look at great weather as we start the day tomorrow. 64 hudson river valley, 72 around bridgeport, 74 in the park tomorrow on the guidance and you see a lot of sunshine tomorrow. this is supposed to have some cloud element and you see no clouds at all. in the afternoon mid-80s and tomorrow evening we're back
west with very low humidity. we're looking at great weather right into wednesday. you see tonight we'll dropping that temperature right on off. it will be in some spots mid- 70s. the drier heat will be with us tomorrow. we'll have a high and dry day on tuesday and then had high kind of eases out into the atlantic. the winds come back around to the south and southwest and we'll look at humidity returning. 69. tomorrow it's back to work and it's sunny and pleasant, great day to head back to work tomorrow, sunshine and 87 with the low humidity. tuesday 88, 85 thunderstorm, could be an afternoon thunderstorm and we roll it up into what the real feel will be, low 90s by the end of the week. >> i love the way you say great day to head back to work. >> glass is half full.
johnson next in sports. >> remember the purple people eaters? a-rod saying good-bye realizing that no athlete can play forever. coming up in eyewitness news sports we hear from alex as he tells fans friday is his final i know you! [laughs] welcome! hi! we're your neighbors. we live across the street. thanks for this. i see you've got time warner cable like the rest of the hood. genius. yeah, they offer tons of free hd channels.
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it's the end of an era for sure. what kind? history will decide. >> leave that up to history. a-rod announced today telling all that his days as a player in pinstripes is come to an end. our laura behnke was there for the news conference and joins us from yankee stadium. how is everything going? >> reporter: well, anthony, from the trades that pp teixeira's retirement announcement last week to alex rodriguez today, joe girardi acknowledged this has been a tough week, a tough month to be a yankee and this week another chapter will end. after this friday alex rodriguez will not play for the yankees again. >> saying good-bye may be the hardest part of the job. that's what i'm doing today. >> reporter: a-rod still believes he can play. >> that was in the cards, you know.
i'm at peace with it. >> reporter: beginning next year a-rod will serve as advisor and instructor for the pinstripes. >> he has a love for this game as much as any person i ever met. so i think teaching becomes natural. >> reporter: after his release a-rod is free to do anything including play for another team. >> i have not got past the pinstripes and my horizon is friday. >> reporter: so for now the week of good-byes begins. times, you know, including some bad stuff and bad times, but a lot of great times and exciting moments. >> i especially want to thank the fans for letting me play the game that i love. thank you. >> reporter: now many have speculated whether or not alex rodriguez could have a future in coaching since he enjoys teaching and generally talking about the game as much as he does, but a-rod said as of
his daughter's. we're live at yankee stadium, laura behnke, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> he'll be a good coach doing that playing basketball. while the yankee world was all about a-rod and the players they're still trying to take care of business. the countdown has officially begun to a rod's good-bye, but his teammates are still trying to compete for the wildcard. didi green gore us why, bottom forth -- gregorius, bottom 4th, the 5th, mark teixeira scores a double. ellsbury scores. yankees up 3-0. tanaka strikes out his 400th batter. he went six innings striking out eight. this was the play of the game. teixeira makes a great diving stop, pops up, dashes to the bag, tags out francisco lindor, the yankees win 3-2. motor city saw marvelous
bruce striking out anibal sanchez, but this blast to second gave the mets a 1-0 lead. ian kinsler gets an infield hit that scores justin upton and the game is tied at this point. now we move to the top of the 9th. former met k-rod on the mound, but k-rod gives up his two-run big blast to neil walker. the lead. familia closes it out. mets take the final game today, 3-1. joe, jim furyk is one of the only players to shoot a 59 in pga tour competition, but he bettered that today. now he's the very first player to shoot a 58. furyk one upped himself today in the final round of the travelers championship and closed out the front 9 with four consecutive birdies and topped it off with another on 18 to make tour history today.
-- >> that's great golf out of your mind. unchartered territory. >> i take it none of you ever hit a 58. >> on the front 9. >> on the front 3. >> jim furyk is one of the nicest guys, really nice. good for him. >> thank you, sir. that is the news for now. thanks for joining us. stay tuned. abc world news is next. i'm joe torres. >> i'm sandra bookman. we're coming back at 11:00.
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