The Halifax yoga community was grieving the loss of one of its instructors Monday, as police confirmed on Sunday that the victim of a weekend homicide was former studio owner Kristin Johnston.
Johnston used to own the now-closed downtown yoga studio Bikram Yoga, which recently changed its name to 42 Degrees Fitness & Wellness, before closing last month.
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Several studios in the city were expressing their shock and sadness at the loss, with some studios closing their doors as a vow of silence.
RIO Pilates and Yoga Studio will be holding a candle lit, silent meditation on Monday evening at 6 p.m. in memory of Johnston.
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“Kristin was a shining light who fiercely believed in the benefits of yoga and just wanted to share that with others,” reads a post on the Moksha Yoga Halifax Facebook page.
Along with being a studio owner, Johnston was also a yoga instructor and has been described as a passionate leader who had a lot of concern for her students.
“This is a tragic and shocking loss for the yoga community and for the many many lives she touched,” wrote Halifax Yoga.
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No charges laid in murder
Police found Johnston’s body in her home on Oceanview Dr. early Saturday morning, after responding to a 9-1-1 call from inside the home.
One man was taken into custody before being transported to hospital for what police describe as significant injuries. He was released pending the treatment of his injuries.
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“At this point, we’re not looking for anyone else,” said HRP spokesperson Theresa Rath.
“The one person in hospital, he does remain a person of interest and there is no other public safety concerns at this point.”
Another man willingly went with police for questioning and any involvement has been ruled out.
Halifax police have confirmed that both the man arrested, and the other who willingly went in for questioning, lived at the Oceanview Dr. home.
Police released the crime scene at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and say the investigation is ongoing.