Person of interest in hospital
A Halifax yoga instructor who was killed in her home is being remembered as a kind and determined businesswoman whose radiant personality inspired students and friends alike.
Police said Tuesday they were continuing to investigate the homicide of Kristin Johnston, 32, whose body was found Saturday at her home in Purcells Cove.
Renowned Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman said she met and became friends with Johnston soon after the Montreal native opened the first Bikram yoga studio in Halifax about five years ago.
Brueggergosman, who also teaches Bikram or hot yoga, said Johnston loved Nova Scotia and quickly became a part of the local community.
“She was very much a champion and a pioneer of this practice of yoga (in Halifax),’’ said Brueggergosman. “She had very clear goals for herself and was a real inspiration to me as somebody who ran her own business through dedication and trial and error.’’
Connie McInnes, the owner of RIO Pilates and Yoga Studio in Halifax, said she first met Johnston as a student in one of her classes and established a friendship after she started her own business.
She said Johnston wasn’t proprietary when it came to growing yoga in Halifax. McInnes said she worked tirelessly to build connections.
“What resonated with me . . . was that she was really focused on collaborating with the community and building a bigger community.’’
Johnston’s family is involved with Bikram yoga in Montreal, where there are three studios.
Police said Tuesday that they were waiting to talk to a man who was a “person of interest,’’ in Johnston’s death.
“He was the man taken to hospital on Saturday from the scene,’’ said spokeswoman Theresa Rath.