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Friends open bridal boutique in memory of Genna Ayup

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Friends open bridal boutique in memory of Genna Ayup

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Feb 7, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Twin sisters Emily Ornelas and Katie Freibert originally had the idea to open a bridal boutique when Emily wasn't satisfied with the selection in Tucson. 

"They all had beautiful gowns, but I still wasn't finding the one," Ornelas said.
 
She ultimately found her wedding dress on a girls trip to Scottsdale with her sister and their best friend Genna Ayup.      
 
"The whole way home we were talking about how great it would be for us to open our own and the jobs each of us would have,"  Ornelas said.
 
A year after celebrating Emily's wedding, Genna's life was suddenly cut short when her boyfriend shot her to death. He walked free because the Pima County Attorney's office ruled it an accidental shooting. 
 
The Freibert sisters were heartbroken. 
 
"After she passed, we came back to the idea and presented it to our parents," Freibert said. "We were like we really want to do this. We immediately had the name before the dream got any farther, so we just took it and ran with it."
 
The dream becomes a reality on Saturday with the grand opening of the J Bridal Boutique
 
"Even though her name is spelled with a "G," Ornelas said. 
 
"She just always mentioned I feel so special when I'm called J," Freibert said, finishing her sister's sentence.    
 
Now these sisters hope to make Genna proud by providing brides-to-be with an experience like the one they shared together. 
 
J Bridal Boutique's grand opening is Saturday at 11 a.m. 
 
State lawmakers are also again trying to pass "Genna's law." The law, already passed by Tucson City Council, would allow law enforcement to take blood alcohol or breathalyzer tests in the event of accidental shootings. Genna's boyfriend admitted to drinking 3-4 beers before the shooting.
 
Tucson Rep. Ethan Orr, one of the bill's co-sponsors, will meet Monday with Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, the lawmaker who killed the bill before it reached a hearing last year. 
Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.