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Bethesda Avenue Reward Fund, Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation Accepting Contributions

Information on how to donate.

This story has been updated to reflect new information from police, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, and homicide victim Jayna Murray's family about how to contribute.

The reward fund for information leading to an arrest in relation to has grown to over $150,000, and more Bethesda businesses are looking into donating to the fund.

Friday, Jayna Murray, 30, was at the Lululemon store where she worked. Another female employee was sexually assaulted and beaten, but survived.

Donors to the fund include Federal Realty — the management company for Bethesda Row — and the Lululemon corporation, along with other Bethesda businesses. The reward can be offered for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in the crime.

Patch has received an outpouring of interest from the community about ways to contribute. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce is also working with Bethesda businesses and employees to expedite contributions. Anyone who would like to make a contribution to the reward fund may write a check to Crime Solvers of Montgomery County and mail it to:

Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, Md., Inc.
PO Box 8625
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8625

Please mark the donation for the “Bethesda Avenue Reward Fund.”

More information on donating is available on the Chamber's website at www.bccchamber.org/rewardfund.

For contributions of $1,000 or less, the money will remain with Crime Solvers as a general donation if the reward is not paid out. For contributions over $1,000, donors can request that the funds be returned if the reward is not paid out. Donors may also choose for the donation to remain with Crime Solvers.

If you are an individual or a member of the business community and you make a donation to the Bethesda Avenue Reward Fund, please report the amount to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce president Ginanne Italiano at 301-652-4900 ext. 203 or gitaliano@bccchamber.org so the donation can be included in the reward total.

Murray’s family has also established a memorial foundation in her honor. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation, which they describe as "a non-profit entity that will be dedicated to promoting those interests that were most important to Jayna: academics, athletics, travel, and fine arts."

More information is available on Murray's memorial Facebook page.

Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 9492, The Woodlands, Texas, 77387.

If you have information about the crime,

Esra Gray March 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM
THIS IS DISGUSTING AND ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING!!!!! IS THE SURVIVING VICTIM BEING PROTECTED???? THESE ANIMALS CAN TRY TO COME AFTER HER AND SILENCE HER! I DO NOT LIVE IN BETHESDA BUT SHOP AT LULULEMON ALL THE TIME AND EVERYONE IS WONDERFUL. PLEASE ACCEPT MY SYMPATHIES AND WE WILL PRAY THAT THESE ANIMALS ARE CAUGHT AND GO AWAY FOREVER....

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