Prayers to the family.
I'd like to bring up a few points...
Scotman brings up a valid one. Although unlikely, police have to look into that possibility.
As a law enforcement agent in NYC, I see victims preyed upon daily (by wolves of a different kind). Not being aware and tuned into your surroundings can definately deter and/or help you in a situation that could arise if you are about to be attacked...if anything, giving you some extra time to react that could save your life. I'm not saying that a person "cant live their lives" the way they want to. It may sound as though we are prisoners in our own neighborhoods or areas we work or wherever, but keeping yourself safe is a fact of life in the world we live in, that people may take for granted. I'm sure this girl jogging with her Ipod on put her in a "mode" with a certain degree of "tunnel vision". Who knows, maybe she would have saw or heard them stalking her if she was more aware of her surroundings. I bring this up to let people know that they need to pay attention to their surroundings and what's going on around them more...wherever they go. My wife thinks I'm crazy, I carry my gun almost everywhere I go..the store, the bank, a hike in the woods or Christmas dinner at family's house. I refuse to allow myself and my family to become a victim and will at least go down swinging.
By the way, NYS does not allow ANYONE to carry a firearm during bowseason in the woods. It's in the fish and game bylaws and makes no exceptions...not even for law enforcement. I asked a DEC Officer this question "hypothetically" one day when I ran into him during hunting season and he confirmed it for me. I guess they dont want people poaching with a gun during bow season. I dont know anyone who has ever shot a deer with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol...ridiculous if you as me.