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Friends honor slain Park woman

Bob Bashara, of Grosse Pointe Park, is hugged by one of the many friends who attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday, Jan. 25. His wife, Jane, was found murdered in her car parked in a Detroit unpaved driveway that morning. photo by Renee Landuyt.

January 26, 2012
About 200 people came together Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil to remember Jane Bashara, the Grosse Pointe Park woman found dead in Detroit earlier that morning in an apparent homicide.

The gathering was held on the lawn at Grosse Pointe South High School where Bashara's two children had attended school, where she had served as president of the Mother's Club and volunteered on several other school committees.

The Rev. Marianna Gronek, rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, of Grosse Pointe Woods, where Bashara was active in many parish programs, led the mourners in prayer.

Bashara's longtime friend, Amy Graham, organized the vigil.

"She was the most loving, wonderful and kind person," Graham said of Bashara. "She gave her heart and soul to this community. We wanted to come together tonight to support her family."

Graham described Bashara as a mentor, a role model and a tireless volunteer.

"We are shocked and devastated," Graham said. "This is a terrible loss."

Jim Triano, a longtime family friend, said Bashara couldn't do enough to help his son, Matt, when he was transferring to Purdue University, where her son was already enrolled.

"She was an invaluable resource," he said. "She spent countless hours helping prepare Matt for the move, telling him what he would need and what he should do once he got on campus. If we had any questions, all we had to do was pick up the phone and call Jane. But that's the way she was with everyone."

Bashara's husband, Bob, and other family members attended the vigil, but other than thanking everyone for coming, they did not speak.

Bashara, 56, a marketing executive, was found dead in the backseat of her car by a tow truck operator around 9 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Seven Mile and Hoover in Detroit. According to police, Bob Bashara reported his wife missing about 11:30 Tuesday night. He had come home from work at 8 p.m. and his wife was not there. He started calling friends and family, but no one had seen or heard from her, prompting his call to police to report her missing.

While a cause of death has not been released pending the results of an autopsy, police indicated there was evidence of trauma on her body and are investigating it as an apparent homicide.

Grosse Pointe Park police and the Detroit Police Department are conducting a joint investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grosse Pointe Park police, (313) 822-7400.

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