Slain jogger Karina Vetrano's parents applaud passage of new DNA policy in NY: 'It's all because of her' 06/16/2017 10:22 am PDT Comments WPIX By Mary Murphy, WPIX MANHATTAN -- (WPIX) -- By a vote of 9 to 2, the New York State Committee on Forensic Science passed a policy that will allow familial DNA searching to track unknown killers and rapists. Familial DNA searching scans “Y” chromosomes from crime scene evidence and can lead to male relatives of criminals. “It's all because of her,” said Phil Vetrano, father of slain jogger, Karina Vetrano, who was brutally beaten, raped, and strangled in August 2016 during a run in Howard Beach, Queens. Karina's family had pushed for familial DNA searching, in the months that her murder remained unsolved. Suspect Chanel Lewis was arrested in early February, because of a lead that came from a police lieutenant who lives in Howard Beach. Lewis voluntarily gave a swab to police for DNA testing, and the sample matched evidence taken from the dead jogger's fingernails and cellphone. Still, Vetrano's mother and father went forward with testimony the following week, before a state panel on Feb. 10. Karina's mother, Cathie, nearly broke down during her statement, telling the panel, “I am no longer living; I only exist.” Familial DNA testing led to the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer in California. Ten other states have used the testing, before New York. But civil liberties advocates and some law professors have concerns the testing would target people of color, in particular. “There is racial bias and ethnic bias in the criminal justice system,” one defense lawyer testified back in February. FULL STORY: Slain jogger Karina Vetrano's parents applaud passage of new DNA policy in NY: 'It's all because of her' - WPIX #Manhattan #NewYork #NewYorkCity #WPIX Related Stories Vetrano's mother: ‘No medication will heal my shattered being’ Donnie Wahlberg posts heartfelt tribute to slain Queens jogger New video shows slain jogger Karina Vetrano moments before her death Exclusive: NYC jogger Karina Vetrano's best friends speak out Crime Watch Daily Special Edition: Top Takedowns Naked man found in park where Queens jogger murdered to give DNA NYPD solves '95 cold case jogger murder, eerily similar to Vetrano case Steady support for crews seeking clues in Queens jogger's death Murdered jogger’s grieving parents battle for new DNA test NYPD ups reward for clues in case of slain jogger U.S. Park Police defend record in wake of jogger's brutal murder Mother of slain jogger tells daughter's killer: 'You will pay forever' Exclusive: N.Y. jogger Karina Vetrano's parents up reward to $200K Unidentified man sought for info in Vetrano murder Online fundraising efforts for Karina Vetrano's accused killer shut down 'At a loss for words': Karina Vetrano's parents react to arrest in murder case Brooklyn man, 20, charged in murder of jogger Karina Vetrano Karina Vetrano's dad wants police to find missing mystery jogger Female joggers attacked across U.S.: Single assailant or random acts? NYPD pleads for tips in probe of jogger killed in Queens Mental capacity of Karina Vetrano murder suspect called into question CWD Exclusive video: NYC jogger Karina Vetrano moments before attack Vetrano's parents search for justice N.Y. jogger Katrina Vetrano case: Reward increases to $300K Karina Vetrano update: Murder suspect's father talks to Chris Hansen CWD Exclusive video: NYC jogger Karina Vetrano just before attack CWD Exclusive: Chris Hansen speaks to Karina Vetrano’s family Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.