our hearts go out to bethesda

We are devastated by the tragic events at our Bethesda store. We are focused on providing support to those that are most immediately impacted by this tragedy, and we know that you all feel the loss as well. Thanks to all of you for your outreach to support our stores and the people impacted. It is the outpouring of love and concern that will get us through these tragic circumstances.

In deep sadness, Christine Day

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i am heartbroken. jayna and all the girls at the bethesda store, were delightful. she will be sorely missed in our community.

Comment by rachel — March 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

This truly is the saddest tragedy! It is my hope that these criminals are caught which I firmly believe they will be. This situation is just crazy considering that had they not gone back to the store….none of this would have happened! It is not only sad but extremely curious!

Comment by Mary Dolbashian — March 13, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

I love Lululemon for their product quality and philosophy/manifesto that empowers men and women to aim for the highest quality of life, mentally and physically. In addition, the wonderful staff reflect this manifesto at any store I go to (IL, NV, and many in the D.C area where I am from). My heart and tears go out to all. Life is precious, and you are sincerely in my thoughts.

Comment by Lisa — March 13, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

what happened?

Comment by JH — March 13, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

As a frequent shopper of the Bethesda store, I was horrified to hear this story on the news yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Comment by rebecca — March 13, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

So terrible. My heart and prayers go out to all the girls and their families. It breaks the hearts of all of us.
My daughter is involved with lulu in Beverly Hills and
this is felt by all around the country. Rest in peace to Jayna Troxel Murray who never had a chance. Only 30.

Comment by Barbara Potter — March 13, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

I was shocked and saddened by the news. The store has been warm friendly place filled with support and positive energy for me. My condolences to the family of the young woman who is no longer among us. Life is fleeting; we must make it count.

Comment by David — March 13, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

Every interaction I have had with someone employed by lululemon has been genuine and caring… Combine that with great products…and you have not only a customer for life…but someone who cares about the company and those that work for it. My heart goes out to the victim in this tragedy and her family and friends. She will remain in my thoughts and prayers… Please send out word on how we can contribute to any assistance being given…

God Bless,

Comment by Clarence Day — March 13, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

Praying for you all.

Comment by sarah m — March 13, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

My sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the victim. The Bethesda store is staffed by a wonderful group of enthusiasts who were more than positive; it was always a pleasure to shop there. An unspeakable, senseless tragedy.

Comment by Pamela — March 13, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

A horrible, senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to you all.

Comment by Mplsmel — March 13, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

This news has deeply saddened me today. I am from the area however currently live in Miami. I visited this store just recently over the Holidays with my nephew. The girls were absolutely delightful. I sincerely have placed all the employees of Lululemon Bethesda in my deepest of prayers. Jayna you were taken way too soon. God Bless you and all those you have left behind.

Comment by beverly — March 13, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

I could not believe it when I heard the news. My condolences to everyone involved. <3

Comment by Mike — March 13, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

I am so sorry for the loss within the Lululemon community. My thoughts and prayers go out to you!

Comment by Courtney — March 13, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

Such a sad situation – was just in the store on Monday… my heart goes out to you all…

Comment by Lisa — March 13, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

Sending warm thoughts & love & light to Bethesda at this time.

Comment by Kristine Downes — March 13, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

i’m a yogini in dc, and this news hurts my heart. lulu lives by this mantra and all I can do is remember: one love, always.

Comment by ariele — March 13, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

An awful, horrid crime beyond reason or imagination. I’m so sorry.

I was in Tysons mall today and I saw the sign saying that the store would be closed–the best decision I think.

Comment by Katie G — March 13, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

My heart is broken. What a tragedy in our own back yard. So senseless and horrific. I’ve been a yogi for 15 years and just can’t imagine something so tragic and evil happening in one of your stores. :(

Comment by K — March 13, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

Words cannot express my sadness since learning about the horrific experience these two woman suffered. Alex and I send our warmest thoughts and prayers to an entire community that has always embraced everyone with kindness, compassion, spirit, and positivity. Love, light, OM Shanti.

Comment by Autumn Wilson — March 13, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

Someone was asking what happened……here’s the link.


How awful.

Comment by Amy — March 13, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

Rest in peace Jayna. Love, light and healing to her co-workers.

Comment by sharon — March 13, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

Jayna was a wonderful, vibrant person and a great Ragnar teammate. She will be missed. My heart and thoughts go out to her family. We’ll never forget you, Jayna.

Comment by Michael Miller — March 13, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

So sorry to hear about this. I’ve taken the saturday morning yoga class at the Bethesda Lululemon many times. This is a senseless tragedy.

Comment by DC Capoeira — March 13, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

It’s thanks to the lovely ladies in the Bethesda store that I got introduced to Lululemon and the joy that is Yoga. I’m very saddened by this loss.

Comment by Phillip — March 13, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

I was in the store the day of this horrible attack and like always was helped by many of the lovely saleswomen at the store. I am in absolute shock and despair about what happened and my heart and tears go out to the family of the one who is no longer among us. I am so sorry for this tragedy that no one should have to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Comment by Sandra Grossman — March 13, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

Our hearts are heavy and we are overcome with sadness. Your Lulu “family” in Colorado is grieving for you.

Comment by Sandi — March 13, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

A truly sad time for the DC/MD/VA community-rest in peace, Jayna.

Healing prayers and blessings for her coworkers, her family, friends and the community.

Comment by Rhea — March 13, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

My heart is sad and aching from this senseless tragedy. Much love and healing to all the people involved. Hugs*

Comment by wendy — March 13, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

Please, Lululemon, pease, install surveillance camera systems in your stores. Lululemon is a magnificent, uplifting creation; its excellence in product, philosophy, and staff is so wholesome and good – far too good for anything this horrific. Praying for the Murray family, and the Lululemon family….your community loves you.

Comment by Reyna A — March 13, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

May peace be with their families and all those touched by this horrific act of violence.

Comment by Lori — March 13, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

I don’t even know how to put my thoughts in words. This horrific attack has shocked and saddened everyone I know in Bethesda. I am especially heartbroken that this happened to one of the wonderful girls who I saw every time I stopped in the Bethesda store. Warm thoughts and prayers to Jayna’s family.

Comment by Malia — March 13, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

Truly a tragedy… Still can’t get my head around this horrific act. My heart and prayers go out to those at the store and their families. I frequented this particular store and always valued the enthusiasm and spirit in which the employees always upheld. I’m so sad this happened.

Comment by Shamim — March 13, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

I can’t stop thinking about my time as an educator at the store in my own town that sounds very similar to Bethesda. This could have happened to my home store. This could have happened to my friends. It is absolutely heartbreaking.

All of the love in the world to Bethesda and the educators and everyone in that community!

Comment by Ari — March 13, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

Sending love and light to the Lulelemon community. I will be dedicating and practicing my yoga in Jayna’s honor this week.
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light that’s within you
Guide your way on

Comment by kimberly — March 13, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

Sending thoughts and prayers from the West Coast to the family and coworkers of the victim.
I frequent the lululemon Santana Row and know many of the gals by name, both in the store and at the gym. I’m sure it is the same in Bethesda.

Comment by Luisa — March 13, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

What a terrible thing to happen…blessings to the girls and their families…please Lululemon immediately put 24 hour cameras in all of your stores for the safety of your employees and your clients…yes it is a cost to you but people must be protected when they can be..thanks

Comment by Ann — March 13, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

Bethesda family – we are sending you all our love and support in these tragic times. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Comment by caitlin — March 13, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

Thinking of you all in this time. I often frequent the store on Robson in Vancouver, as often as I can so as to chat with the wonderful staff. I have no doubt that Bethesda is staffed by the same amazing people, and I’m thinking of you all. Shocked is all I can say.

Comment by Danielle — March 13, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

The Bethesda store is always full of warm, welcoming and encouraging people. Each time I would reach a new goal in living a healthier life, I would go in to reward myself with something new and be cheered and supported by the wonderful women of the “lulu family.” My heart goes out to you all.

Comment by Mallory — March 13, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

Dear lululemon,

Please contribute to the reward for tips leading to an arrest.

A private merchant in Bethesda has already offered $10,000.

Lululemon’s stock value went through the roof during the past year, and the founder was recently added to the list of Forbes billionaires. Clearly the company can afford this sum.

Comment by Richard — March 13, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

I cannot describe the horror I felt when I heard. The women of the Bethesda lululemon are wonderful and supportive people. They made lulu more than a fitness store – they created a place that lived up to the lulu credo. It is now time for us to give you support as you try and move forward. My heart goes out to the lulu family.

Comment by Mallory — March 13, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

Jayna and her colleagues have always made that part of Bethesda a happy place for me. We share your anguish and grief.

Comment by Frank — March 13, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

Instead of picking a fight with the company over what has been why not find out what you can do to help? If anyone in the Bethesda area could find out for me where I can donate to the reward money already being offered, I would really appreciate it. I am by no means a wealthy person, but as a full time Criminal Justice student here in Canada and a long time R & D member for lululemon, I would like to donate what I can. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys right now.

Comment by K.C. — March 13, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

Felt sick hearing this news. Praying for healing and comfort and consolation for friends and families. Please let us know if there is anything we as a community can do to help.

Comment by Heather — March 13, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

My heart goes out to the employees, their familes and friends. I have been to the store and the employees there were so nice. It is not a time to place blame or say what should have been, those thoughts are pointless and only bring about bad feelings. It is a time to support those hurt, especially Jayna’s memory. I am sure Lululemon will take whatever actions are necessary to help. It is sad that we must live in fear, that is not the philosophy Lululemon represents. We should honor them by supporting them now.
Lululemon, I encourage you to design and dedicate an article of clothing in which all proceeds go to a non profit organization for physically or sexually attacked women…I would buy one and wear it to honor all these women for who they are, not what happened to them.

Comment by Lisa — March 13, 2011 @ 10:39 pm


Comment by Ryan — March 14, 2011 @ 12:13 am

A senseless crime, and so shocking. Peace and love to all.

Comment by Lisa — March 14, 2011 @ 12:51 am

Sending deepest sympathy and healing thoughts to the Lululemon family and family and friends of the victim.

Comment by agnes — March 14, 2011 @ 3:31 am

I live two blocks from the Bethesda store and frequent it often with my dog. Jayna and the other women at Lululemon have always been so welcoming and friendly and a true bright star in the neighborhood. My pup cannot walk pass the store without wanting to stop in to see everyone. We are deeply saddened, and shocked, by this tragedy and send much love and hugs to Jayna’s family and friends.

Comment by Pamela — March 14, 2011 @ 4:34 am

When we walk our dog she insists on stopping into the Bethesda location because you guys have the best dog biscuits on the block. Our thoughts go out to you.

Comment by W — March 14, 2011 @ 5:22 am

I am so sorry to hear about the tragic event that took place at the Bethesda store. My thoughts and prayers are you.

Comment by Shana — March 14, 2011 @ 6:09 am

this is a devastating and senseless tragedy.

please please please lululemon, install security cameras and please hire REAL security guards, who actually STAY until close, which is the most vulnerable time in the store!!!

can a positive piece of light that comes out of this please be that we can heighten security in the stores.

i used to work at a lululemon in the area and so i know firsthand the closing/security practices of the store

this is all i can say right now in this moment of heartbreak and sadness for jayna

Comment by jm — March 14, 2011 @ 6:33 am

Dear Lu Lu management. My heart goes out to the family of this young woman. Having a daughter who works for your company we had discussions, she had mentioned to me that she parks in a back parking lot. She closes the store at night. I hope management takes extra precautions to protect employees after this tragedy. Security camera’s , easy secure access to vehicles, and good lighting to vehicles when leaving stores at night, as well safety training.

Comment by Donna — March 14, 2011 @ 6:37 am

This thread seems like it might be shifting to blame the company for not having cameras. That is really not the issue- though it may help in identifying the perpetrators (though the articles said they were masked anyway). The real issue is the senseless violence and only those two men are responsible for it and then focusing on the healing that will need to take place.

Comment by anonymous — March 14, 2011 @ 6:53 am

First – it said no security equipment on during that time. Doesn’t mean there was no security…
Robbery? How much cash is in a store today? Clothes vs. a store full of apple equipment/jewelry.
Not sure I can find the intention in robbery.
I pray they catch them and my heart and prayers go out to all the girls at Lulu and their families.

Comment by girlmd — March 14, 2011 @ 7:06 am

My sympathies go out to the family and the entire LuluLemon community. Lululemon staff is always so friendly and helpful. Ironically, we have been having issues with teenage flash mobs in Philadelphia and, just the other day, I was wondering why the Philadelphia LuluLemon is the only store on that street that does not have a security guard. While I understand the desire to have a positive, cheerful attitude in the stores, the reality is that the world around us is not always that way.

Comment by BAJ — March 14, 2011 @ 7:41 am

Is Lululemon going to up the reward?

Comment by jeff yost — March 14, 2011 @ 7:59 am

I heard about this on Saturday morning. I have been thinking and praying all weekend for Jayna. As a resident of the Bethesda community, and runner with the Bethesda running group, my heart goes out to all so deeply affected. This is an incredibly sad tragedy. The girls of lululemon bethesda are all helpful, inspirational, and sincere. Sending light and love.

Comment by Lauren — March 14, 2011 @ 8:28 am

This is beyond tragic; I live 10 minutes away from this store, and was horrified when I heard the news. May God give you peace in your time of sorrow.

What I find particularly troubling about this incidnet is the fact that an Apple computer store is appx. two doors down from the Bethesda Lululemon and an armed security guard mans the door during operating hours.

Comment by AR — March 14, 2011 @ 8:33 am

i am so upset and shaken by this. i seriously shop there ALL THE TIME & all the girls know me by name and I know theirs… love all the staff at lululemon bethesda. now? i don’t think i will ever be able to go back there. soo so so sick and saddened over this. why does LULU headquarters let two women close a store? need more male employees. Also, need security cameras & more police patrolling the streets even if it is a great neighborhood. reward money should be offered in a large amount. also there should be a security guard placed at door in the future if this shop manages to stay open. i will certainly be sad if it closes.

Comment by a. — March 14, 2011 @ 8:49 am

My heartfelt condolences. Only God knows why such a senseless act of violence took place. We will never understand why. However, know that we should treat each other with respect, look out for each other and continue to act in a manner that leaves a positive mark on this earth. God called an angel back home far too soon. Peace and Love to the Lululemon Family.

Comment by Myia — March 14, 2011 @ 9:30 am

Dear Bethesda Staff,

I just heard of this weekend’s tragedy and I wanted to send my condolences. As a frequent customer of the DC area stores and of the San Diego stores, I know firsthand of Lululemon’s great spirit of community and I can only imagine how sad and traumatized you must feel. Please accept my deepest condolences and my wishes for a peaceful healing process.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do as supportive members of the Lululemon community.

Comment by Natalia — March 14, 2011 @ 9:37 am

I started yoga 2 years ago (by taking advantage of the free Sunday class) at the Bethesda store, although I now live in Seattle. I am shocked and saddened that a place that gave me such help and relief is now the scene of a violent, horrible crime. My prayers are with you.

Comment by Alex — March 14, 2011 @ 9:47 am

Please pray for the Lululemon women of Bethesda, their families, and friends. This is such an awful tragedy…Pouring out my heart and prayers to the Lululemon family. Sending peace and love…

Comment by Brianna — March 14, 2011 @ 9:48 am

Please keep the store open, we have always loved it’s mission and will wholeheartedly support it. Now is the time to expand in honor of Jayna. Please host a vigil, we are all so saddened and want to express our support. Thank you.

Comment by Robin Tucker — March 14, 2011 @ 10:17 am

Thought & prayers to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. Good WILL prevail. Peace to you.

Comment by Sharon — March 14, 2011 @ 10:31 am

I’m an Arlington resident and a runner and was just horrified by this news. A senseless tragedy. Thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected by these events. I can’t wait until these criminals are brought to justice.

Comment by bg — March 14, 2011 @ 10:33 am

I live in DC and am devastated by these events. I have frequented the Bethesda store quite a lot, and am sure that I came into contact with Jayna. All of the employees there, as with all Lulu stores, are upbeat and fun to talk to and made it a joy to shop in.

I am glad to see something posted on your website acknowledging this tragedy.

Comment by Tiffany — March 14, 2011 @ 10:47 am

I am so so devastated to hear this. My prayers and heart goes out to the family and friends of this obviously loved girl. Lululemon has an amazing culture and values, and this is an absolute tragedy.

Comment by Lauren R — March 14, 2011 @ 11:38 am

Just read in the Washington Post that you are donating $100,000 for info leading to an arrest. THANK YOU!!

Comment by Holly — March 14, 2011 @ 11:41 am

As a resident of the DC area and a yogi/runner, I am heartbroken at this tragedy. I’ve never been in the Bethesda store, but I’ve shopped in the stores at Georgetown, 14th Street, and Tyson’s Corner and have always found the employees warm, welcoming, and cheerful. I’ve had conversations about my running goals with the ladies in the Tyson’s store and they are the most encouraging, supportive people. I’m sure that Bethesda is exactly the same. Walking into a Lululemon store, I have always felt empowered and inspired – that’s how Lululemon employees treat people. I’ll continue to support Lululemon. Peace and healing to Jayna’s family and friends, and to everyone associated with Lululemon. =(

Comment by Jaclyn — March 14, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

my love and prayers to the girls and their families and also to the lulu lemon family.nancy wilkins

Comment by nancy wilkins — March 14, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

My heart goes out to the friends and families. I will continue to pray for peace and comfort to be granted to you all.

Comment by DCgirl — March 14, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

As someone who has frequented the Bethesda Lulu store pretty much every week for years, I am absolutely shocked and devastated at this tragedy and the losses your team has experienced. Your Bethesda staff are the most caring, helpful, wonderful people–a true pleasure. I went by Saturday and saw the store covered up–I will not forget that image. I hope that people can start to heal and continue to provide us with the amazing experience of Lululemon in our home city.

Comment by Lauren M — March 14, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

I am truly saddened by this and will pray for all involved. This is a true tragedy and these men need to be brought to justice!

Comment by Sabrina — March 14, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

I just heard about the tragic Bethesda incident at Lululemon and I’m shattered. I teach yoga and know lots of lululemon employees through yoga and my shopping experiences; they are the most energetic, kind and helpful store employees I have ever encountered. My hearts go out to all lululemon staff and especially those in the DC/MD/VA area.

Comment by Sarah — March 14, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

Jayna emailed me a few months back telling me how much she loved working at lululemon. The corporate culture was what attracted her to work there. To think her life ended so abruptly at a place she loved is heartbreaking. She was a wonderful person and I am blessed to call her a friend. Jayna, we all love you and miss you here in Houston!

Comment by Donna BA — March 14, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

I think it would be great if Lululemon could use this horrible crime to raise awareness and funds for organizations that work toward ending violence towards women.

Comment by Jean — March 14, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

This is just horrible, Ive never been to Bethesda Md, but i heard about the tragedy. I’m so sorry. My heart and prayers are with everyone who knew Jayna..

Comment by Chrissy — March 14, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

I am horrified by this violent attack. I want to express my deep condolences to the families and let them know that we are sharing in their pain.

Comment by Adrienne — March 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

Please post a reward for information which leads to the arrest of the cowards who took life away from such a great asset to the community. Your employees are your greatest asset.

Comment by Brian in DC — March 14, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

What a senseless tragedy. I had never been inside the store, just happened to walk by and look through the window of the store just hours before horror struck, but didn’t see anybody. How I wish anything could have been different. My heart goes out to the families. May you find peace and joy in the short time you shared.

Comment by L — March 14, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

Its so hard to believe this happened. I’m sending all the positive energy that I have to all. xoxoxo— Anne

Comment by Anne in Virginia — March 14, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

This is a tragic situation and one which merited immediate and substantive response from lululemon. I was disappointed to see how long it took for the murder to be acknowledged on your website and even longer for lululemon to offer up a reward. I expect more from a company that purports to inspire peace, love and understanding. I would hope moving forward your connection to this crime continues to be reflective of your brand image.

Comment by Elsa in DC — March 14, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

The suffering breaks my heart. It could have happened to any one and any where – horror such as that strikes hard and strikes deeply. My tears go out to all those who have suffered from evil and senseless acts of violent crime and sexual assault. May love and light be with you all and may these criminals be brought to justice.

Comment by Amy — March 14, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

I am so saddened by this senseless act of violence – what a horrible & heart-wrenching tragedy. I shop at the Lulu store in Arlington (Clarendon) and Washington (Georgetown), and find the staff so helpful. Jayna was from Arlington, I can’t help but wonder if she ever helped me in the store. My thoughts & prayers are with the families and yogi community. I hope these killers are caught swiftly and punished. I hope that Lulu will make a donation to catch these criminals. Devastating.

Comment by Glorianne in Arlington, VA — March 14, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

My heart goes out to the Lululemon family. I have never set foot in the Bethesda store, but shop in Arlington and Georgetown on a regular basis, and I’m truly heartbroken. I have found an incredible yoga community in the D.C. area in the two years I have been practicing, and it hurts to know this community has been broken. Keeping the Lulu family, your employees and your customers in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of each other.

Comment by LB in Arlington, VA — March 14, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

As an ambassador for the Bethesda store, I have been so fortunate to develop a personal relationship with the Lulu Team. These women are such remarkable individuals, and my heart is with them every minute of the day since learning about this horrible tragedy. Being a part of the Washington DC Ragnar Relay team with Jayna was such an amazing experience. She lights up the room with her smile, and her laughter is contagious. Everyone feels comfortable in her presence. She is the epitome of beautiful in every possible way. I am forever grateful to have spent an hour in the store Friday afternoon catching up with her and her colleagues. These are the moments I will hang on to forever. Closing the area stores, reducing the hours of operation to day-time only this week plus sending out corporate employees to our local stores to offer support have been such positive steps taken by Lululemon. They are dedicated to the highest level of support to their employees and their families. Please acknowledge their excellent efforts during a very difficult time. Recognize that information will be released when the families are ready to take the next steps during this tragedy, however long this takes. The support of the Lululemon community has been nothing short of amazing. xoxo

Comment by LT — March 14, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

My heart bleeds for Jayna. I am in the store every week. I feel such a personal connection as everyone there is filled with light and shares it. To prey on the innocent and vulnerable is unbelievable to me. I really pray she has found peace.

Comment by Marjorie — March 14, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

I am so deeply saddened by this event. I have shopped at the Bethesda store several times and have always found its employees to be friendly and warm.

Comment by Vicki — March 14, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

A senseless loss. My deepest condolences.

Comment by Tracy — March 14, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

At this point, I am realizing that words will never be enough. Shocked and saddened like everyone else in the community. Sending the lulu crew (that I ran with, shopped from and did yoga with) all my love. Peace be with Jayna and her family and friends.

Comment by Anahita — March 14, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

So sad.

Maybe you guys can establish a memorial fund; I’d gladly donate.

Comment by RK — March 15, 2011 @ 5:22 am

Heartbroken by this horrific crime. I pray those responsible will be held accountable.

Comment by kymmy — March 15, 2011 @ 5:39 am

My heart goes out to the victim, and their family and friends. Living in DC, I hear about murders on a weekly basis, but for some reason, this event is especially tragic to me. I sincerely hope, and believe, that these suspects are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My condolences.

Comment by Michael — March 15, 2011 @ 7:00 am

This is a terrible and senseless tragedy. I too have found the women working at this store to be exceptional. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and coworkers.

Comment by Alex — March 15, 2011 @ 7:22 am

My heart and prayers go out to you all. My husband and I are frequent patrons of the store, like others who have posted, and have been welcomed each and every visit by their lovely staff. We were at the store last Friday night before closing and are sickened by the violence against Jayna. lululemon, we as a community stand in support during this tragic time.

Comment by anonymous — March 15, 2011 @ 8:21 am

I am heartbroken by what happened. As a previous poster said, your employees are your greatest asset, and the young people in the Bethesda store have always been unfailingly upbeat, energetic, enthusiastic, funny, and just a pleasure to encounter. I did not know Jayna personally but it breaks my heart to think that a life of such positive energy and potential has been cut short. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to the wider lululemon community.

Comment by Jennifer — March 15, 2011 @ 8:58 am

My heart goes out to the familie’s and friends of the victim. How could something like this happen Lululemon is all about love and peace and for this to happen it makes me angry sad and numb. I live on the westcoast and was at the university village store and the Lynnwood store over the weekend.The gals at Lulu are incredible.

Comment by Mary — March 15, 2011 @ 9:20 am

It’s great that you are donating $125,000 for any tips related to this awful crime.

But I was really sad to see that police did not have any security videos to rely on. Do you not have them in your stores?

If not, please invest in security cameras and security staff. It would be awful if these men get away with these crimes because the police didn’t have enough evidence to identify them.

Comment by CA — March 15, 2011 @ 9:21 am

I am sickened by the news of this attack. I hope that these cowards are brought to justice.

Comment by Asim — March 15, 2011 @ 9:35 am

Thank you for reaching out to us. On behalf of the entire lululemon community, we want to express our gratitude for the overwhelming expression of support and generosity from so many over these past few days. We are appreciative of the dedicated members of the law enforcement community who have been working diligently to solve this crime and apprehend those responsible. In an effort to assist that process, lululemon Founder Chip Wilson and the lululemon family yesterday announced that we have contributed $125,000 to Crimesolvers of Montgomery County to establish a reward fund for more information in this case. We are also asking anyone with information to call 1-866-411-TIPS. We are committed to supporting the families and people affected by this horrible tragedy. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the families during this very challenging time.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 15, 2011 @ 10:29 am

This is such a tragedy, and it’s a reminder that we should never take anything for granted. I am also, like one of the other posters, going to dedicate my yoga practice to the healing (emotionally and physically) of those left behind as well as to the bringing justice to the criminal who did this.

Given Lululemon’s manifesto, it’s only right that they contribute a decent sum of money to the reward, and certainly it goes without saying that they should cover the entire cost of medical bills. I hope they compensate for time lost, too. I know this isn’t the main issue, nor will it undo the devastating events, but it will help.

My deepest prayers to the family, and the Lululemon community.

Comment by Nic — March 15, 2011 @ 10:59 am

My heart goes out to Jayna and her family and to her co-workers for continued healing. I just do not comprehend how a human being can do this to another human being. It makes me sad and very angry. Her life was too short because someone else decided it was easier to take what truly did not belong to them rather than be a useful human being. They are nothing but cowards in my eyes, and I will pray for their prosecution. Jayna, I did not know you, but you had the smile of an angel, and now you have the wings to really fly…my Condolescences.

Comment by Lori — March 15, 2011 @ 11:20 am

I was shocked to see this story. This could have been any of us. They could have been our sisters or children or mothers or daughters. I don’t feel like someone who has sheltered myself from the fact that evil and violence exist in the world, but I’m still at a loss to understand how such a violent act can take place. I don’t think I would ever by a gun, but I reconsider when I try to comprehend this type of pain.

Comment by Amy — March 15, 2011 @ 11:21 am

I am heart broken at this gross and despicable crime. My tears and prayers go out to Jayna Murray, her friends, and her family. Love.

Comment by JT — March 15, 2011 @ 11:31 am

This is so incredibly sad, my prayers are with the victim and her family.

Comment by Jill — March 15, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

As a frequent customer of the Richmond store, I have come to enjoy and appreciate the mentality and kind heartedness of your associates. I have never been to the Bethesda store as it was after hours when I was up there a few months ago. This is a terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers.

Comment by Jax — March 15, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

“Unicorn Tears” which I believe was launched just prior to this tragedy would be an appropriate platform for a fund however it would be used …in support, memorial or future aid for victims of this type of crime or even towards the terrible simultaneous loss in Japan. Lulu please use your corporate voice to turn to action, no it cannot remove the suffering but perhaps something good can come of it.

Comment by Dee — March 15, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

What a terrible, senseless tragedy. It’s an awful reminder that we must always be aware of our surroundings and take the utmost care in being vigilant — even in neighborhoods and places where we should feel safe. Ladies, take care of yourselves and love those around you. My thoughts are with you all.

Comment by Meg — March 15, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

I’m so saddened by your loss, and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all who are affected by this senseless act.

Comment by Michelle — March 15, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

So unbelievably heartbreaking. I love this location and the girls at the shop. My thought and prayers are with all of you and your families.

Comment by Deb in MD — March 15, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

I am so deeply saddened by this and haven’t stopped thinking about what happened. I’m so sorry this has happened.

Comment by Erica — March 15, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

I am sorry…that is so sad.

Comment by Gail — March 15, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

so sad. god bless the family of jayna. hope lululemon establishes something in her name.

Comment by bless — March 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

This is horrible. We must not take for granted our safety, and sadly, as women in this world, we are often at risk :( I love the Lululemon community! Stay strong.

Comment by Sara C — March 16, 2011 @ 12:51 am

I live 3 blocks from this store. All of the employees are wonderful, delightful spirits, and a welcome addition to the community. I walk the area every day for years and my perception is that criminal element from the surrounding areas have been “commuting” to the Bethesda and Friendship Hts. area scoping, stalking, testing, putting gang tags on nearby properties; more so since the “higher end” shops went up. Criminals may view the population that is not used to crime as “soft targets.” Nobody should have a false sense of security; Not the police, employers, residents, anyone… We can enjoy our lives, but be aware. If you see something suspicious; report it.

Comment by Holly — March 16, 2011 @ 9:51 am

The Bethesda store, which I frequented often, was a source of light, happiness and sincerity where those who worked there brought a smile to their customers’ faces and made them feel good. It was more than just a retail experience. This darkness that touched there is so troubling for all of us who loved the store and the women who made it was it was. I pray each and everyday for Jayna, her family and for all of the lululemon establishment and our community grappling with this senseless and horrifying act.

Comment by Resident — March 16, 2011 @ 10:27 am

Every Moment is a Gift, that’s why it’s called the Present.

Comment by Hopeful — March 16, 2011 @ 11:35 am

In Memory of Jayna Murray; http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-of-Jayna-Murray/195737860457806

Comment by In Memory of Jayna Murray — March 16, 2011 @ 11:38 am

I am so saddened by the tragedy and wondering if there is a vigil of any sort planned for Friday night at 10?

Comment by Laura — March 16, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

I just read about what happened and I’m shocked! I live in California and have been a Lululemon advocate for many years – beyond the clothing and events, I’ve always had great experiences with the sales associates in each store I’ve visited in Southern California (From LA to SD). This is so tragic on so many levels. While it may be too soon for such a suggestion, but I’m thinking that perhaps Lululemon might want to host self-defense courses in addition to yoga at their stores in honor of Jayna and to strengthen the community (when the time is right). Perhaps even host a class on the same day across the country. My heart goes out to the family and friends as well as the community at large.

Comment by Dana — March 16, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

Heartbreaking. My heart goes out to you all. I am so deeply saddened by this awful event. One of the things I love most about Lululemon is the wonderful sense of community, and something like this is devastating for us all, it hits so close to home.

Comment by Jenn — March 16, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

Sending love and light, prayers and thoughts. Such a tragedy.

Comment by Emily — March 16, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

I am so shocked and saddened to hear what happened; I send love, light, and peace to Jayna and her family and all the wonderful women who work at Lululemon Bethesda. Let’s all find a way to strengthen our community in the wake of this horrible tragedy.

Comment by Erin — March 17, 2011 @ 8:11 am

my heart goes out to the family, friends and community. May we all find peace at this time – Breathe. Namaste.

Comment by Edith — March 17, 2011 @ 8:30 am

I do hope that Lululemon will consider reopening the store as a tribute and to show that evil cannot destroy the wonderful community that the store and the employees have built.

Comment by Sharon — March 17, 2011 @ 10:47 am

Would lululemon consider creating a special lulu headband or wristband in honor of Jayna with the proceeds going to a charity in Jayna’s honor? I know many people in the lulu community in Maryland who would love a way to show our support and unite as the lululemon community.

Comment by Lindsay — March 17, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

My heart breaks for Jayna and her family. She was such a blessing to all who knew her. Thoughts and prayers are with her family and the store.

Comment by Courtney — March 17, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

As a Lululemon Bethesda customer I was very saddened to hear this horrific news and send heartfelt condolences and support to the family. May peace prevail.

Comment by Swell Girl — March 17, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

thoughts and prayers go out to Jayna’s family. what a tragedy. wish there was something I could say to ease the pain.

Comment by Lori — March 17, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

I had lived in Bethesda for many years, and always felt it was not only a safe community, but a great place to live and raise my son. I currently reside in a different state, and a couple of friends told me of this very sad tragedy. As a mother, I was touched by this hurtful attack, and offer condolences and prayers to the parents, friends and co-workers. A sad and disheartening tragedy!

Comment by meems — March 17, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

As a DC studio that has supported and been supported by Lululemon our community shares in the pain and loss of Jayna’s life. We understand that where there is light, darkness also reveals itself – but we want to stand up against the tyranny of violence!
We send so much love to the families and all those hurt by this event.
Our recent newsletter paid homage to Lululemon’s support of all yoga communities worldwide – thank you and blessings to all those affected by this. With Love, Elizabeth, Yoga House Studio
http://conta.cc/fIK3BY via #constantcontact

Comment by Elizabeth Yoga House — March 18, 2011 @ 8:22 am

The boldness and violent nature of the crime, right next to an open Apple store where there were alot of people and security, is terrifying.

Comment by liz — March 18, 2011 @ 9:57 am

My heart goes out to everyone at Lululemon, and the extended community here in Bethesda. This is such a tragic loss on so many levels, and I only hope that all those touched by this crime can heal and will be able to look back and smile when they remember what made Jayna so special. Deep thanks to everyone at Lululemon, the Montgomery County police and Bethesda Avenue merchants who serve us all so well.

Comment by PAM — March 18, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

As an outsider to Bethesda, my heart goes out to Jayna’s friends and family, to all that knew her, and to all she touched through the news. Now that someone has been arrested, I wonder if Lululemon will consider staying open? Donate part of their profits from that store to a women’s crime charity? I have to say Lululemon has such dignity and grace, must be an awesome place to work.

Comment by Denise — March 18, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

Jayna and her family are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers here in Bethesda. Although I didn’t know her, her reputation proceeded her – such a lovely, amazing person. God bless…

Comment by Kim — March 18, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

This is such a senseless tragedy and the news of the arrest of the murderer is quite shocking. Our hearts go out to Jayna’s friends and family.

Comment by Jennifer — March 19, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

I have shopped at this store and do so whenever I am in the area. A local friend of mine told me about this incident and I have been following the investigation. What a horrific tragedy for Jayna and her family. So sad to that an innocent and beautiful life was taken. Thoughts and prayers to Jayna’s family and friends and the lulu community.

Comment by Abbey — March 19, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

Jayna was a beautiful soul inside and out…a bright spirit, adventurous, LOVE to dance – you were taken to soon will always keep you in my prayers and cherish our memories MISS YOU

In lieu of flowers, the Murray family requests that donations be made to the “The Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation,” a non-profit entity that will be dedicated to promoting those interests that were most important to Jayna: academics, athletics, travel, and fine arts. The address is P.O. Box 9492, The Woodlands, TX 77387

Comment by Adriana Bethesda Ambassador — March 20, 2011 @ 6:57 am

very distrubing. sympathay to Jayna’s family and friends for her tragic death. May her beautiful memories be with you always.

Comment by Lori — March 20, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

I was so happy to hear that they have arrested a suspect and hopefully this moves swiftly so all can have some type of closure….

Comment by Jacqui — March 21, 2011 @ 4:46 am

a tragic turn in the story.


it shocked me to read this article. it’s against everything that the yoga community and culture stands for. so sad :(

Comment by breathein5 — March 21, 2011 @ 7:45 am

Please let us know if Lululemon will be assisting with the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation. If so, I know the Lululemon community would love to help contribute somehow; possibly via a dedicated piece of merchandise in honor of Jayna. In light of how this tragic story has turned, it may also help in the healing process of your employees, who must be going through a difficult time.

Comment by Lesley — March 23, 2011 @ 5:27 am

I am happy to hear that you will be staying in Bethesda and reopening the store in the near future. We need you back. Us to embrace you and you to embrace us. To leave the community would be a complete fail. You know the old saying, when the going gets tough….. love, pea

Comment by pea — March 30, 2011 @ 4:59 am

Our heart is very important, Heart symbolizes love of every and each person. Thanks for this site and to bethesda. Keep it up.

Comment by Bethesda — April 11, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

Dear Lululemon & Friends:

The Bethesda store re-opened today and it is beautiful. There has definitely been a hole in our hearts the past few months. We are so glad that you didn’t leave us – we needed you in our community. I went in the store tonight, just before closing, and felt the love from everyone inside. We all needed this to reconnect and find our footing again.
Thank you,
love each day to the fullest,

Comment by Pamela — June 24, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

A very nice blog. Thank you for visiting Bethesda.You are only few among others doing this.keep it up.

Comment by Bethesda — August 4, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

I am praying for the recovery of your store as well as for the safe keepsake of the people working there.

Comment by Bethesda — August 15, 2011 @ 1:10 am

I am feeling bad for all of them. tat news was really shocking my prays are with all of them. May God bless whole lululemon community and all

Comment by Daniel Craig Workout Geek — August 15, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

I Found your blog on Twitter, and I just wanted to say that I appreciated the information!keep up the good work.

Comment by Bethesda — October 3, 2011 @ 1:38 am

As someone who lives in the DC Metropolitan Region and has shopped many times in the Bethesda store, I found myself profoundly shocked and saddened by what happened to Jayna. Our community was absolutely rocked by this event. I am certain that Jayna ssisted me on more than one occasion. Now that the jury has found the defendant guilty of first degree murder, may Jayna finally rest in peace.

Comment by JuliaE — November 4, 2011 @ 6:21 am

I remember when I first met you while we both sailed around the world on Semester at Sea. You taught me how to dance. Its been a year; you are deeply missed.

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