T.J. Maxx opens at site of 2008 Lane Bryant shooting

Bittersweet launch: T.J. Maxx opens at site of 2008 Lane Bryant shooting

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TINLEY PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A T.J. Maxx opens at Tinley Park's Brookside Marketplace mall Thursday, after months of renovation to the former Lane Bryant store where five women were shot to death in February 2008.

The mass killing remains unsolved.

T.J. Maxx is donating $10,000 to Together We Cope, a Tinley Park charitable organization, in memory of the slain women: Jennifer Bishop, Carrie Hudek Chiuso, Rhoda McFarland, Sarah Szafranski and Connie Woolfolk.

The building housing T.J. Maxx, on the outdoor mall's east side, was reconfigured to make space for the store, with some tenants relocated.

Doreen Thompson, a spokeswoman for T.J. Maxx's parent company, TJX Cos., said the retailer wasn't aware of the killings when it chose the location.

"We certainly understand the many sensitivities regarding this location," Thompson said.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he is convinced it's just a matter of time until the women's killer is found.

"Somewhere, someone will make a mistake," Zabrocki said.

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