Rosslyn Resident Killed in Bethesda

by ARLnow.com March 14, 2011 at 8:56 am 7,750 35 Comments

A 30-year-old Rosslyn resident was murdered Friday night during an apparent robbery at a Lululemon store in Bethesda.

Jayna T. Murray, a store employee, was found dead and a co-worker was found injured inside the upscale Bethesda Row store Saturday morning. Police say they were attacked by two men wearing masks and gloves around 10:00 p.m., after closing the store for the night.

In addition to her work at the Lululemon, Murray was close to completing an MBA with a concentration in marketing at John Hopkins’ Carey Business School, according to her Linkedin page.

A former Texas resident and a George Washington University alum, Murray was fond of traveling, running and other outdoor pursuits. On several occasions she posted on Facebook and Twitter about her desire to move to Seattle, the home of a man she was often photographed with.

Murray’s YouTube account includes a video of her bungee jumping on her 30th birthday. It also includes a video apparently taken inside the Bethesda Lululemon store and uploaded on the day she was killed.

Few other details about Murray’s life have been made public. Montgomery County police are continuing to investigate the crime.

Photo via Facebook

  • CrystalMikey

    Such a senseless tragedy. R.I.P. 🙁

    • Vince

      Unarmed citizens are EZ pray. I’d rather have the ability to defend myself with a weapon and die trying than to die helpless. Guns save lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with learning to use one and carrying it for your protection ladies. Ask yourself this question? What’s more scary, learning to use a gun and carrying it or being murdered and/or sexually assaulted.

      • dirk

        Also imagine the person who committed the murder to get three hot meals a day, cable TV, literature, music, and the ability to communicate with family, for 60-70 years in (tax funded) prison…all paid for by you and I.

        Maryland DOES have the death penalty and I hope they use it, if Norwood is found guilty by indisputable forensic evidence. Disgusting! Life imprisonment is NOT just punishment for cold blooded murder.

        What kind of argument with a co-worker (at a yoga store none the less) is worth taking a life over? Unbelievable.

  • SoArlRes

    Terrible. Sounds like she was a wonderful person. R.I.P., Jayna.

  • OX4

    Unbelievably tragic. RIP Jayna.

  • MIchael H.

    Wow, that’s a terrible story. I can imagine it’ll be hard for her family and friends to watch that video, knowing it was filmed on the same day as her death. Sad that there are people like those robbers around. I hope they’re caught soon before they destroy even more lives.

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  • Jessie

    Terrible. Imagine working hard all your life, going to grad school and working at a retail store at the same time, to die at 30 at the hands of some random thugs. I really hope they find the guys and put them away for life. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

  • TMP

    It’s a little creepy that this entire story is currently comprised of data mining the victim’s online presence. I know the stuff is out there and anyone can use Google to find it. I know that if ArlNow.com didn’t do it, someone else would have. But part of me thinks that a little respect for the victim and her privacy is warranted as well. Don’t take this as a strong criticism, but rather a remark on the realities of the world we live in.

    • I think we provided just enough detail to tell folks the kind of person Ms. Murray was without getting too personal and without having to cold call friends and family members.

    • CrystalMikey

      Well I respect your opinion, but if the information is out there, then of course news organizations are going to mine for it.

    • Also the local news used the same video of her bungee jumping, I doubt they asked permission from the family either.

    • R.Griffon

      Respectfully disagree. If you don’t want personal information to be seen by the public, then you shouldn’t put in on the Internet for the world to see. I think she put those things online in order to affirm and celebrate her life, and it is perfectly fitting for others to see it to acknowledge her life and her passing. It also helps people to see her as a person rather than a faceless statistic of DC violence.

      • TMP

        No one puts these things out there expecting them to be used in an article about their murder.

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  • Arlingtonian

    My heart and thoughts are with Jayna, the woman who survived, and with their families, friends and coworkers. May Jayna rest in peace. I didn’t know her, but it sounds like she lived an incredible life that inspired others to do the same. I hope the perps are caught, and soon.

  • BlueFlipFlops

    Society needs a Clint Eastwood or Dexter Morgan…..

  • ClarendonKing

    Just horrible and tragic.

  • PikeHoo

    My condolences to her friends and family.

    I hope this case can be solved quickly so that the family can have some closure.

  • very sad. Condolences to the family. I doubt they will ever have closure.

    I also lament the fact that this occurred in Maryland and not Virginia – hope the killers get the sentence they deserve. If caught, they would fry in VA. Not so sure about MD.

    • R.Griffon

      Cases like this are exactly why this liberal is a firm believer in capital punishment. Animals like this need to be put down.

      • Andrew

        Hear, hear. But this happened in Maryland, which, last time I checked, doesn’t have a death penalty. Does it? Had this happened in, say, Clarendon, it might be different.

        • steve

          MD is trying to get rid of the death penalty. one is on eht books.

      • Josh

        Here here R. Griffon. I am another liberal that believes in Capital punishment

  • Mittendorf

    Condolences to Ms. Murray’s family and friends. I do not want to imagine what it must be like for her family so far away and to have this happen. Whoever the perps are, they are cowards – resorting to crime, instead of following the example that Jayna lived = working hard, giving back to the world. Also, the surviving victim is a brave soul and I hope she’ll get the support she needs to move forward and hopefully see justice. I agree with BlueFlipFlops, where is our Dirty Harry / Dexter?

  • Carmen

    So horrible and tragic. My heart goes out to her family and friends as well as the family and friends of the woman who survived. RIP I hope they catch the despicable people that did this.

  • Todd

    Now it’s being reported that the other “victim” was the murderer: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2011/03/18/ABd2rJs_story.html

    • MIchael H.

      This is reminding me of the infamous “Georgetown” Starbucks triple murder more than a decade ago. There was an inside connection to that crime as well and the crime took place in an area that usually doesn’t see a lot of violent crime. Pretty crazy how this is turning out. I wonder what actually happened between the two co-workers, and why Norwood “allegedly” committed the crime.

      • Tabby

        Was that ever solved?

        • MIchael H.

          Yes, a couple years after the crime. Some reports state that a viewer of America’s Most Wanted called in the tip that led police to the killer, but I saw one documentary that said someone else told the police about Carl Cooper before that episode aired. Cooper wasn’t an employee but he found out about that Starbucks because of some relationship with one of the employees. I don’t think that employee was part of the criminal plan. Either he was a relative of Cooper’s or a neighbor, or something like that. I don’t remember the details now.

          I remember following that case in the news because I used to live just a few blocks north of that Starbucks. I walked home that evening, which was a Sunday. Based on the timeline that the police reported at the time, I figured that I must have walked by the store within half an hour of the murders. I believe the shootings took place in the back room, so even if I had been outside the store at the exact time, I don’t know if I would have been able to hear anything. I do remember taking the bus the next morning and seeing all the police cars out front. I can also remember… the smell. It was a hot July day and, well, you know, dead bodies and all. That was creepy. So was the fact that I was near the building within 30 min. of the shootings.

          As for Cooper, he confessed to the Starbucks murders after being arrested for another crime (attempted murder of a police officer!). He tried to get the confession tossed but once the death penalty was discussed, he pled guilty. According to the Investigation Discovery website, he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. In addition to the other crimes noted above, he had also been charged with killing a security guard and participating in several robberies. He also faced multiple weapons charges. Sounds like a real classy guy. Glad he’s locked up for good.

  • westcoastgirl

    hey arlnow.com, the suspect, Brittany Norwood, I recognized her the second I saw her. She grew up in my hometown of Federal Way,WA. i’m interested to hear as more info comes out. I went to a crosstown high school from Brittany, but went to college with Jayna…

  • Tabby

    I’m not going to speculate at all–I just want to say how terribly sh-tty this whole thing is. Imagine you’re just going about your business, working hard to finish your MBA and looking forward to moving to be with your boyfriend–so much great life ahead of you—and then your crazy bitch co-worker murders you! 🙁


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