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Mourners have left dozens of flowers outside Lululemon since the attack.
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Mourners have left dozens of flowers outside Lululemon since the attack.

ORIGINAL POST: Businesses in Bethesda, Md., are reassessing security measures after a double sexual assault and homicide occurred in a downtown store on Friday.

The brazen evening attack at the Lululemon Athletica yoga shop has store owners worried. Roberto Inferrera is owner of Daddy and Son clothing store, just a few doors down from the crime scene. He's looking into installing cameras for the first time and now says he doesn't want his wife working alone at night.

"Our landlord pays for security, but I don't think it's enough. They're young guys working for part-time jobs, so it's just one person for all Bethesda downtown, that's not enough. It's just one guy walking around -- no bicycle, no gun. I don't think it's enough," he says.

Chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce, Patrick O'Neil, says as owners reassess security, community members are banding together.

"Despite the increased urbanization in the area, and the growth of Metro and other transit opportunities that connect us, we're still pretty small and learning how to be more urban and this is kind of one of the ramifications of that," he says.

Police officials say they've increased patrol cars in the area as they look for the two male suspects.

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