I am not saying the killer knew the victim, only that he had been sent there for a reason. The store manager was a one-time church leader whose pastor made some shady real estate deals. In 2007, Pastor George Aja Jr. the Pastor of the Embassy Christian Center of Crest Hill, took out a $900,000 second mortgage on the church, abruptly shut the doors and left for Texas. Lane Bryant Manager Rhoda McFarland was always privy to the workings of the church and her name was on previous mortgages as a co-signor. This time she was not even notified. She abruptly left the church and took the job at the store. The church community had thought that the church was nearly paid off, and now found it mired in debt and the pastor (Aja) in Texas opening another church. The church was under investigation and it is possible that McFarland knew too much. McFarland went to work that day on her own. It was her day off but she felt they might be very busy due to a large sale they had going on. Prior to opening that day, McFarland received a phone call that pinged on a cell tower right near the store. The call was from a church member and lasted 20 minutes. The contents of that call and exactly who made it have not been made public. The women were placed in the back room and had their hands tied behind their back. McFarland managed to escape and called 911. The other women were shot execution style in the back of the head. McFarland was shot in the forehead. The most logical conclusion that I come to is that someone in the church feared what McFarland knew and was afraid she would expose them leading to possible prison. Someone was sent to the store to intimidate McFarland, or possibly kill her. The 20 minute phone call may have been an attempt to learn her intentions or convince her to remain quiet. When the offender realized that she had called the police he may have panicked and shot them. The other women were unfortunate victims in the wrong place-wrong time. Does her being shot in the forehead as opposed to the back of the head mean anything...I don't know.