Twenty two years have passed since Katherine “Katy” Hawelka passed away. The years have flown by, but memories of her persist and continue to surround us in our daily lives. On September 1, 1986, Katy, a 19 year old college sophomore died after a brutal attack at the hands of Brian M. McCarthy on the campus of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He admittedly was under the influence of drugs and alcohol as he viciously raped and strangled her, beating her so severely that she never regained consciousness.
Her convicted murderer, Brian McCarthy, plead guilty on Thursday, August 13 , 1987 and is up for parole April 2009. Justice demands that he be made to spend every day of his life in prison for taking the life of an innocent victim.
As her family, we are asking those that knew and loved Katy to please take a few moments and write a letter to the Parole Board to let them how you feel about the possibility of a convicted killer being released. Letters in support of denying parole can be sent to the following address:
New York State Board of Parole
97 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Re: Brian M. McCarthy / DIN:87D0088
She may no longer be with us physically, but she will always be in our hearts and minds as a beautiful memory. Her spirit remains, watching over us until our time comes when we can be with her again.
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THE POST-STANDARD- (Sunday February 15, 2009)
Syracuse family fights to keep man who killed Clarkson University student behind bars
NEWS CHANNEL 9-WSYR STORY - (Monday-January 12, 2009)
NEWS CHANNEL 9-WSYR VIDEO - (Monday-January 12, 2009)
NEWS 7 -WWNY STORY/VIDEO- (Monday -March 30, 2009)
NEWS 7 -WWNY FOLLOW UP STORY- (Tuesday -March 31, 2009)