The Woodlands' family of the victim in bizarre yoga murder speaks out, plansmemorial run
Jayna Murray, a 30-year-old native of The Woodlands, has fallen victim to a bizarre murder plot in the affluent Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Md.
And Murray's family has taken the tragic death to the public arena, appearing on ABC's Good Morning America. Murray's funeral was held in Texas on Saturday.
The family has also established the Jayna Murray Foundation, with the aspiration of holding a 5K run/walk in fall 2011 in downtown Bethesda to commemorate the life of Jayna. States the foundation's website, "Jayna was taken from those who loved her far too soon. We will miss her beautiful, happy, energetic, caring and loving personality."
The story of Murray's death is a dark tale of deception. She was murdered on the evening of March 11 — and police charge that the killing was done by Murray's co-worker Brittany Norwood at the upscale yoga apparel shop Lululemon Athletica and that Norwood tried to pull off an elaborate robbery and rape coverup story that unraveled.
On the night of the murder, Murray had been instructed by a supervisor to check Norwood's handbag for stolen merchandise, after which she telephoned the manager to confirm that she'd found merchandise in Norwood's bag.
Soon after, according to the police, Norwood arrived at the closed store, asking to enter under the guise of a forgotten wallet. Employees of the adjacent Apple Store heard two women fighting. The Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy alleges that Norwood, 28, had retrieved some variety of weapon inside the store, beating Murray for as long as 20 minutes. According to the police, Norwood proceeded to take a pair of the store's size-14 shoes, dipped them in Murray's blood, and stamped them throughout the shop — a part of her ruse that two masked men had robbed and sexually assaulted both women, killing Murray.
When police entered the shop on the morning of March 12, Murray was dead, and police say that Norwood had tied herself up and self-inflicted wounds to bolster her tale. Police sympathized with Norwood's story initially, launching an investigation that included arrests and close surveillance of a suspect. Detectives eventually deciphered what they say is an elaborate lie though, and on Friday, Norwood was arrested. She now faces life in prison.
The bizarre tale and alleged coverup are fast becoming staple topics on Nancy Grace's nightly show.