Jane Bashara Murdered Grosse Pointe Park Marketing Executive

Jane Bashara (Facebook photo)

GROSSE POINTE WOODS (AP/WWJ) – A labyrinth is planned in memory of a metro Detroit woman who was strangled two years ago.

Members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods broke ground in the church’s front yard Sunday for Jane’s Walk GP to honor the life of Jane Bashara, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“It’s not just for the church – it’s for the whole community because we’re all dealing with this,” said Kate Colborn, co-chairwoman of the labyrinth-building committee. “Jane touched so many lives.”

The body of the businesswoman and mother of two was found in her Mercedes-Benz in Detroit; but police believe she was strangled at her home in Grosse Pointe Park. She was a longtime member of St. Michael’s and both her children were baptized there.

The $50,000 labyrinth, which is expected to be completed this fall, will be a place of peace and reflection, the Rev. Marianna Gronek said. On Sunday, a temporary labyrinth made of hundreds of white paper bags was arranged in about the same scale and path of the planned one.

A handyman, Joe Gentz, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, saying he killed Jane Bashara on orders from her husband, Bob Bashara, who paid him for the job.

Bashara, now charged in his wife’s murder, had been scheduled to go on trial in March; but the case was delayed when a Wayne County judge agreed to allow new defense attorneys to be assigned.

The murder trial was rescheduled for Oct. 6.

Meantime, Bob Bashara remains in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to have Gentz killed in jail.

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