Georgia postal worker shot dead on the job was reportedly targeted by ex-boyfriend

A Georgia postal worker who was fatally shot at work Monday evening has been identified as a 22-year-old mother who started on the job just three weeks ago.

Tyrika Terrell was wrapping up her shift at the post office in Decatur, about 11 miles outside of Atlanta, when she was shot in the head by her estranged boyfriend, investigators told WSB-TV.

Witnesses said the suspect had been loitering inside the laundromat next door before he approached Terrell in the parking area of the post office where the gate was wide open.

The owner of the laundromat said the suspect appeared restless while he sat inside the business with no clothes to wash, she told the local news channel.

Moments after he left, several shots rang out, she said.

Terrell was taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, who remains at large.

Terrell started working as a city carrier assistant at the post office on Wesley Chapel Road three weeks ago.

Terrell leaves behind a six-month-old daughter, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Terrell’s mother to raise money for the funeral.

“Now as a grandmother, I am forced to have to raise my granddaughter on my own. I will be forced to explain why mommy isn’t coming home,” Eugenia Terrell-Grant wrote.

The U.S. Postal Service issued condolences to Terrell’s family, saying they were “shocked and saddened” by the news.

“We’re reviewing all security policies and procedures to prevent this from happening again,” the statement read.

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