The Lululemon Murder

She was murdered over a pair of leggings



30-year-old Jayna Troxel Murray

30-year-old Jayna Troxel Murray was murdered on March 11th, 2011 at the Lululemon store she worked at in Washington D.C. in the suburbs of Maryland, Bethesda.


Jayna Murray was pursuing two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She was also working part-time at the Bethesda Lululemon.

Murray’s friends described her as a thrill-seeker and adventurous. She loved the excitement she got from bungee jumping but she also loved yoga. She felt that yoga balanced out the adventurous side of her. Making her calmer and stress-free which is why working at Lululemon was perfect for her.

The Murder

On the night of Wednesday, March 11th, 2011, Jayna Murray and her co-worker Brittany Norwood were working the closing shift. Both were due to finish at 9:45 pm and Jayna had the keys and was responsible for locking up the store after closing.

On the morning of March 12th, 2011 the manager Rachel Oertli arrived at the Lululemon store at around 8 am to start setting up for the day ahead. To her surprise when she walked into the store the door was unlocked and the lights were on. She was upset that the employees working the closing shift forgot to lock up properly.

After entering the store she noticed that the store was in absolute disarray. When she called out to see if anyone was in the store she heard faint moans so before even checking she ran outside frantically and called 911.

As she was calling 911 she noticed an Apple Store employee looking at her. His name was Ryan. Neither of them knew each other but she asked him to go back inside the store with him and he agreed.

Ryan walked to the back of the store and saw a body lying face down and he saw another person tied up but still alive.

The police arrived and went to the back of the store where they found Jayna’s body and they found Brittany alive in the bathroom. Brittany had cuts on her body. The crotch of her pants was ripped and her hands were tied over her head with a zip tie.

Brittany was taken to the hospital where they found that she had cuts on her legs, arms, chest…