Bethesda Lululemon to Reopen Next Week

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 6:11 PM EDT
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The Bethesda Row location of Lululemon Athelica, where employee Jayna Murray was murdered in March, will reopen on Friday, June 24.

The store announced on its Facebook page today:

It is with warm and grateful hearts that we are announcing the re-opening of our newly renovated Bethesda store on Friday, June 24. The re-opening will embrace the theme of "love" in honor of Jayna Murray. More than ever, we remain committed to the people of Bethesda and look forward to continuing to share with this community the same love, passion and grace with which Jayna lived her life.

Murray's coworker Brittany Norwood has been indicted on one count of murder in connection with her death. Another Lululemon employee found Norwood bound and gagged in the back of the store on the morning of Saturday, March 12. Murray was dead.

Norwood told authorities that after she and Murray closed and left the store the night before, Norwood realized she had left her wallet in the store. She called Murray, who had a key to the store, but, Norwood claimed, as they re-entered the store, two masked men dressed in black also entered.

But by the end of that week, Norwood was in police custody. Evidence found in Murray's car led police to consider Norwood as a suspect.

Police also say there is no forensic evidence to support Norwood's claims that she and Murray and been sexually assaulted. Instead, they believe that Norwood bound and gagged herself.

The community reacted with an outpouring of love toward Murray. Vigils were held outside the Bethesda location of Lululemon where Murray died, which ever since has been draped with a white plastic banner proclaiming "Love" in script. A yoga event on the National Mall in June was dedidated to her memory.

Lululemon stores in Los Angeles and Walnut Creek, Calif., also held vigils for Murray, as did friends of hers in Union Square, N.Y.

Murray was posthumously awarded dual degrees May 27 from Johns Hopkins University, where she had been a graduate student.

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