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Apr
19

Lane Bryant store’s future remains unknown

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I was recently interviewed for an article in the Southtown Star, about the Lane Bryant murders which happened over a year ago.  First and foremost, I would like to send my deepest condolences to those grieving.

I know that the question of what to do with the building where the murders happened is a very painful issue for the individuals and families who were touched by this tragedy.  I am not aware of what these families’ wishes may be, or whether they have made any formal requests to the town or building owner.  My hope is that they will express their desires, and that we, as a community, will come to a decision which will help those grieving to feel acknowledged and comforted.

Now that the Tinley Park Lane Bryant store no longer needs to be preserved as a crime scene, its parent company, Charming Shoppes Inc., must decide what to do with it.

For more than a year since five women were brutally murdered there on Feb. 2, 2008, Lane Bryant has been shuttered…

…Instead of demolishing the store or leaving it shuttered, Jines said she thinks it would be more helpful to the community to build some type of memorial at the site for people to visit and honor their loved ones…  (click here to read entire article)

There is one small correction I’d like to make.  Rather than saying that, “there is a tendency in our community to try and hide things that remind us of death,” I actually said that there is a tendency in our culture to do so.  I was referring to western and American culture in general, rather than specifically the Tinley Park area or the families involved.  This was not meant as a criticism, but rather as an observation of a natural tendency which is more common in our culture than in many others.  I believe that the extreme option of demolishing the brand new building where the murders happened would be reflective of this tendency.

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Anda Jines MS, LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Offering counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago

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