Renewed push to solve 5-year-old murder of U.S. postal worker in PG County
The years have done little to erase the pain and the fear after a postal worker was shot and killed delivering mail on Jutewood Avenue in Cheverly.
Tyson Barnette, 26, was shot and killed November 23, 2013. Vernon Youngblood remembers the day vividly.
"I heard the shots," he said. "I looked out the window because the guy had just delivered my mail."
Moments later, Prince George's County Police swarmed the neighborhood. No one has been arrested, and the case remains cold.
Tina Collington worked with Barnette. She says fellow letter-carriers held a vigil Friday to remember the life that was cut short.
"It could be me tomorrow," said Collington. "It was him that day. A change needs to happen."
To Collington the only pain worse than the senseless killing is lack of progress in the case.
She is also calling out the continued practice of having letter carriers work later into the night.
"It hurts a lot because I am a letter-carrier and it seems as though no one cares," she said. "It was as if he was just a body, just another person, 'so what he's gone.'"
Union reps say stations are understaffed and starting times are too late. They say that leads to carriers working later
Thursday, Barnette's sister told Seven on Your Side that her brother was overworked. She says he was only in the neighborhood because of short-staffing.
"As a result my brother was murdered," said Cathryn Barnette.
She is asking anyone who has information on the shooting to come forward.
Letter-carriers are making the same plea.
"We have no clue if someone would try to do that to us," said Collington. They're still out there."
A US Postal Inspector says the case is still an active investigation. Reward money totaling $125,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.