A Tinley Park Lane Bryant store where five women were killed five years ago reopened Thursday with a different retailer. Michelle Relerford reports.
A Tinley Park store where five women were killed five years ago re-opened Thursday.
The 23,000 square foot store, in the Brookside Marketplace, was a Lane Bryant store in 2008, but is now a T.J. Maxx.
It was Feb. 2, 2008 when a man walked into the Lane Bryant store and opened fire, killing Connie R. Woolfolk of Flossmoor; Sarah T. Szafranski of Oak Forest; Carrie Hudek Chiuso of Frankfort, Rhoda McFarland of Joliet, and Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Ind. The case remains unsolved.
Store officials held a moment of silence to remember the victims at the ribbon cutting Thursday.
"I just feel like I needed to be here for the friend that I lost. To think of her and remember her for the good person that she was," said a woman named Maureen who attended the grand opening ceremony.
Not everyone is happy about the new store. Some residents wanted the building torn down and a memorial placed at the site, but others believe it's time to look ahead.
"It happened five years ago and it's time to move on. Secondly, it's something that you'll never forget," Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said.
TJ Maxx officials are donating $10,000 to Together We Cope, a charity created in honor of the victims.