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Cops: Killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano may have been racially motivated

February 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cops: Killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano may have been racially motivated

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The admitted murderer of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano told investigators that he hated the victim’s predominantly white neighborhood of Howard Beach, leading authorities to believe that race might have played a role in the killing.

“I don’t like those people over there,” 20-year-old Chanel Lewis said, who is black and split time between homes in the mostly impoverished areas of East New York and Brownsville, the New York Post reported.

The suspect made the statement to a black detective when asked why he murdered  Karina Vetrano, whose battered body was discovered strangled in Spring Creek Park. His remark caused authorities to believe race was a factor in the young woman’s slaying.

DNA linked Chanel Lewis to the horrific murder of Karina Vetrano

A white investigator initially tried to get Lewis to talk twice, and he refused.

However, when the black detective, Barry Brown, questioned him, Lewis surrendered his Miranda rights and gave two videotaped confessions, admitting that he had “hit” and “choked” the runner on August 2nd.

Brown is recognized as a highly skilled investigator and is the “best detective in Queens for getting confessions,” sources revealed.

Racial tensions were inflamed in the city back in 1986 when a black construction worker was chased by a crowd of white teens in Howard Beach onto a highway, where a car hit and killed him.

On Tuesday, Vetrano’s grieving father, visited his daughter’s murder site, spending time at the makeshift memorial he made with rocks taken from the path of his daughter’s last jog.

Karina Vetrano pictured with her father Phil Vetrano was brutally  raped and murdered back in August

He displayed his relief that police have caught his daughter’s killer in a Monday post on a GoFundMe set up in her honor.

“As you all know we have caught this piece of s–t,” her father, Phil, wrote. “As we expected he is a loner loser. He will pay. I want to thank all of you who have supported us.”

Lewis had a history of threatening female students in high school, and told a teacher’s aide at the HS for Medical Professions in Brooklyn back in 2011 that he wanted to “stab the girls.”

Soon after, he “cursed at a female student and threatened her and her family,” law-enforcement sources indicated.

Lewis also told police that he had gone to Spring Creek Park to calm down after he fought with family members the day of the slaying.

He was “startled” by the victim’s presence and took his anger out on her, he told cops.

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