Lululemon Reopens For Business After Employee’s Murder

BETHESDA, Md. (WJZ)—A Maryland yoga boutique reopens three months after a chilling murder took place inside.

Weijia Jiang has the emotional moments for the victims’ family and how things have changed at Lululemon.

When upscale yoga store Lululemon in Bethesda opened its newly renovated doors on Friday, it was a bittersweet moment for those who love 30-year-old Jayna Murray.

“Walking into the store was difficult, but for me personally I felt like Jayna was right there with me. I was comforted by that,” said David Murray, victim’s father.

“I think it’s meaningful to show you can get back on your feet, even though it was very sad,” said Allyson Brown, Lululemon customer.

In March, Murray was beaten and stabbed to death inside.

Now her Lululemon co-worker 28-year-old Brittany Norwood is charged with the murder.

Norwood initially told authorities two men raped and tied them both up after their shift.

But police say the story was a cover-up.

“We miss Jayna very much, but we’re not the only ones hurting,” said Kate Murray, Jayna’s sister. “Lululemon is hurting, Bethesda is hurting, Jayna’s friends are hurting, and we want to be here to support them.”

The store has been completely renovated. The theme of the re-opening is “love” to honor Murray. In fact, one of the most notable changes is this stained glass window out front with the word love inscribed in it.

“It means everything to me personally and to the family. That’s what the Murrays do is love,” David Murray said.

“Gosh, isn’t that beautiful? I’m amazed,” said Judy Boertlein, of Bethesda.

The piece is meant to pay tribute to the love, passion and grace with which Murray lived her life.

“Today is a day she’s turning cartwheels in heaven,” said Phyllis Murray, victim’s mother.

The tribute to Murray will continue Saturday morning, when a large crowd is expected to practice yoga across from the store. The class begins at 9 a.m.

Murray was in the process of earning a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins when she was killed.

Comments

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  1. Doug says:

    And this is why,folks,we as a society needs the death penalty.
    Think your taxes are high?
    Hmm.
    Well,get ready to shell out several million dollars for this murdering thief, over her life in prison.
    Between court,her cell,food,a wonderful medical plan,and her free education,
    you add it up.
    I say,hang her tonight and save us the money.

  2. ha ha says:

    if it weren’t for the fact that I cannot imagine being the one to “pull the switch”, I would also be for the death penalty…there has to be a better way.

  3. Diane King says:

    I can imagine being the one to “pull the switch”. Norwood is a cold-blooded murderer. The deep-seated rage that girl has in her is pure evil. What Jayna Murray did by calling Norwood out on her stealing would not evoke such a violent response in a normal person. Just my opinion.

  4. toobadfortaxes says:

    you know what, the taxes in maryland are murder. they kill the middle class and only poor welfare thugs and elitists remain. way to go OMalley

  5. Angel says:

    RIP IN PEACE JAYNA AND GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES! I PRAY THAT MARYLAND GET HELP SOON, SO REAL HELP AND TURN THINGS AROUND LIVING HERE IN MARYLAND. WE NEED MORE PROTECTION, AS WE THE PEOPLE HEAL FROM ALL THE HURT AND PAIN FROM OUR SO CALLED LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD…GOD HELP US!!!

  6. Nicole says:

    The Jayna Murray Foundation is putting on a 5K Run/Walk on September 18, 2011 starting in downtown Bethesda, in memory of Jayna Murray. Jayna focused her life on health and wellness and enjoyed all forms of physical activity. She participated in numerous races, all of which had two things in common: they helped encourage physical fitness and they supported a social cause.

    “We believe a local 5K Run/Walk is a great way to honor Jayna. In addition to it being an excellent fitness booster, it is a great way to connect those that cared about Jayna with members of the local Bethesda community. We commend you on organizing an event that will allow the local Bethesda community to partake in celebrating Jayna’s life and all that she stood for,” Dave and Phyllis Murray.

    This event will give individuals the opportunity to partake in an event that Jayna herself would have participated in. All proceeds from the charity will go towards scholarships and programs that were prominent in enriching Jayna’s life including, but not limited to, academic scholarships, athletic and travel/study abroad scholarships, financial support for exposure to the fine arts and other pursuits of personal growth and improvement.

    Along with the Jayna Murray Foundation, Crossfit Bethesda, Bella Salon in Bethesda, and Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union are helping to organizing the race.

    For more information on the race and registration for the race, please visit the Jayna Murray Foundation website at http://www.jaynamurrayfoundation.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @jaynamurray5k or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/Jayna-Murray-Foundation-Bethesda-runwalk. There are still sponsorship opportunities available. If interested please e-mail jaynamurrayfoundation@gmail.com.

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