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Mail Carrier and New Mom Fatally Shot Outside Georgia Post Office

People logo People 11/30/2017 Chris Harris
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A young mother and mail carrier who had only begun working for the United States Postal Service three weeks ago was fatally shot Friday evening outside a post office in Decatur, Georgia, PEOPLE confirms.

Tyrika Terrell, 22, was shot in the head in the parking lot of the Wesley Chapel Post Office, according to a statement from Clifton Bell, the spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Atlanta Field Office.

Authorities tell PEOPLE the investigation into the death is being handled by Postal Inspectors — the law enforcement branch of the USPS — with assistance from the DeKalb Police Department.

After being shot, Terrell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where she was pronounced dead.

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Bell’s statement, provided to PEOPLE, emphasizes the investigation is ongoing, and that investigators cannot reveal more details about the case.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Terrell’s relatives pay for her unexpected funeral.

In a message posted to the page, her mother, Eugenia Terrell-Grant, says Rika, as she was known to relatives, became a mother just six months ago, after giving birth to her daughter, Tkyrra.

Local ABC affiliate WSB-TV spoke to two alleged witnesses, who said they heard four shots coming from the loading dock at the post office at the time of the fatal incident.

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The witnesses, who are not named in the report, further claim to have seen a man who appeared he was tracking someone’s movements in a laundromat across the street from the post office that same evening.

“I noticed it was something because he kept peeping out the window like he was looking for something or somebody,” one witness told the station.

Efforts to reach Terrell’s family were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any information about the shooting call (877) 876-2455 and ask to speak to an Atlanta USPS inspector.

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