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Police Investigate Assault, Murder On Bethesda Row

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Lululemon on Bethesda Row was lined with flowers Monday. Two women, one dead and the other sexually assaulted, were found here Saturday morning.
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Lululemon on Bethesda Row was lined with flowers Monday. Two women, one dead and the other sexually assaulted, were found here Saturday morning.

Police say both women were found near the back of the Lululemon Athletica store on Bethesda Avenue around 8 a.m. Saturday when an employee came in to open the store. That employee told a person on the street to call 911. When police arrived, they found 30-year-old Jayna Murray dead and a 27-year-old employee injured and sexually assaulted.

Police say the two women closed the shop at 9 p.m. on Friday, but returned after closing because one of them left something in the store. Police believe after the women re-entered the shop, two men, dressed in black with their hands and faces covered, entered and attacked the women.

Police say the store was unlocked at the time and there was no surveillance video. Montgomery County Police detectives say they've received tips and collected some evidence from the scene but have no eyewitness accounts.

Officials say they can't release many details, because the investigation is still on-going and the surviving victim is still recoverying.

Lululemon Athletica, which sells athletic and yoga clothing, sits on Bethesda Row next door to the Apple Store.

Nancy DerrLives across the street from the store.

"The crime is very shocking to think that she had to die in a violent way it makes me very sad to think that her life ended that way," she says.

Investigators say the robbers were 6 feet tall and 5 feet 3 inches tall.

The owners of the store have announced they're offering $125,000 to anyone who can help the police find, apprehend and convict the two male suspects. Police officials are asking the public to contact Montgomery County's Crime Solvers with more information.


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