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T.J. Maxx moving into Lane Bryant massacre location

Bodies victims February 2008 slayings inside Tinley Park Lane Bryant store are removed by investigators. Retailer TJ Maxx is opening

Bodies of the victims of the February 2008 slayings inside a Tinley Park Lane Bryant store are removed by investigators. Retailer TJ Maxx is opening a store at that location. Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media.

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Updated: December 4, 2013 6:53AM

On Thursday, a T.J. Maxx will open at Tinley Park’s Brookside Marketplace mall after spending months renovating a former Lane Bryant store where five women were shot to death in February 2008 in a mass killing that 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.

Mike Nolan, Sun-Times Media

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