Woman's Murder Stuns Lake Hiawatha Community
'You don't hear about that kind of thing happening here,' one area merchant said.
Those who live and work in the area of Lake Hiawatha's Kazumi Sushi restaurant, where authorities say a woman was stabbed to deathby her husband, remained stunned on Saturday.
Steve Conte, owner of Funnybooks Comics and Stuff, which sits aross North Beverwyck Road from the crime scene, said the incident is out of character for the neighborhood.
"You don't hear about that kind of thing happening here," he said. "Here, you see robberies, burglaries. But a murder? I am just shocked and sad."
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office said Parsippany resident Jiu Jian Zheng, 42, was charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses in the killing of his 34-year-old wife, Yun Fei Lin.
Conte said he did not know the couple, who also lived in Parsippany, according to the prosecutor's office.
"I've only eaten there once, because I'm not a sushi guy," he said of the restaurant, which opened its doors in December 2011. "I wish I had gotten to know her better."
A trio of friends and Parsippany High School graduates on Saturday peered into the windows of the restaurant where the killing occurred.
The restaurant, which was splattered with blood earlier in the day, according to NJ.com, showed no signs of the incident later in the day. Only a bright red sticker remained affixed to the front window, indicating no one is permitted to enter the building until further notice. Crime scene tape was still in place around a garage behind the eatery.
"We grew up here," Kumani Wright said. "This is crazy.
"This sort of thing never happens here," Joey Greenzweig added.
"It's the craziest thing I've ever seen," Robbie Hopping said. "I've never seen someone get [killed] around here."
A number of other shop owners in the area declined comment.
Kelly Garrabant, who works at Karma Salon and Spa, across the street from Kazumi Sushi, was asked if she felt unsafe in the area.
"Not at all," she said, adding that she found news of the crime to be shocking.
The area of North Beverwyck Road was closed for most of Saturday, but Garrabant said police allowed her to open the store at about 9:15 a.m.
"It's just a terrible thing to hear about," she said.