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Bethesda Murder Victim Described As A Determined Fighter

5:30 PM, Mar 14, 2011   |    comments
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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Jayna Murray's friends pointed reporters to a YouTube video posted in December, showing the murdered graduate student bungee jumping on her 30th birthday as evidence of the determined and outgoing young woman she was.

She was intensely loyal to friends, according to Ivy Huang, Murray's college roommate. "Jayna was just someone who loved to live and she loved people. She was just passionate about that and wasn't afraid to take risks."

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Huang speculated there was no way Murray died without a fight during the confrontation inside the Lululemon Athletics store where she was killed Saturday. "If it meant she would risk her life to save another, I think she would have done that," Huang said. A co-worker was sexually assaulted and beaten during the attack inside the store.

Murray grew up in Texas and graduated from George Washington University. She was a candidate for an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. It would have been her second masters degree. In the past, Murray worked for Halliburton in Texas as an international marketer.

She was an accomplished marathon runner and was the organizer of free community yoga events at the Yoga Fusion studio in Bethesda.

Friends said she planned to relocate to the Pacific Northwest at the end of her studies. 

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