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.
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.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Chris Harris