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.

VietNam Vet October 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I've never eaten there because I don't like Sushi, but even if I did, I don't think I would go back there.
Vanita October 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This is very uncharacteristic for Lake Hiawatha, which is a very quaint and family oriented town. Seems like an isolated incident... I feel very sad for the young woman.
Mike Fried October 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
How can this restaurant open again only 1 wk after the murder and the place was covered with blood . This business should close doors for good its really bad food and not japanese its chinese. they buy their food and spoiled fish at the chinese market right next to parsippany shoprite. same with sushi kuu all owned by chinese trying to sell japanese food. sooooooooo bad.
C Phillips October 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The entire story is awful & sad. I loved the staff & food there. It had grown to be one of my favorite restaurants in the area & I went regularly. The food was not "really bad", it was actually excellent for & the 15+ people I've brought there. The staff was always extremely friendly & welcoming, & it breaks my heart that not only this horrific murder occured to this woman & all her family must go through, but also that the future of the business may be destroyed by this incident. I believe that they need time to overcome this...But based on my past year going there, if they are able to recover with time I would definitely go back to support them. It's not like the restaurant staff or itself did this to her..This was a horrific event that occured in their business, which I'm sure is heartbreakingly difficult for them, but in no way do I believe it reflects the quality of the restaurant, their welcoming & kind staff, & wonderful food. My heart goes out to her family & children...& to all the staff of Kazumi, & all who knew her. I hope that with time, the community can overlook this horrific incident, & if the restaurant continues to keep their doors open, that people will continue to come back. There are crazy awful things that happen everywhere, & we are lucky this is not an everyday event like in some places. Having been a regular there, it saddens me to imagine that this occured to one of the sweet women that served me. Best wishes to all & Kazumi staff. <3
Terry Todd October 14, 2012 at 03:21 PM
If he did it, (presumed innocent until found guilty), there is no death penalty in NJ.


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