Mother of woman killed at post office says she heard from killer before shooting

By: Nefertiti Jaquez

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A mother told Channel 2 Action News she talked with the man who she says killed her daughter minutes before he committed the crime.

"There will always be a piece of me missing because she's not here," said Eugenia Terrell-Grant, the mother of Tyrika Terrell.

Terrell, 22, died after she was shot and killed in the face while at work at the post office on Wesley Chapel Road in DeKalb County on Monday night. Investigators are still searching for the killer. 


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“I never got to see my daughter,” Terrell-Grant told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.

Her youngest daughter took her last breath right as Terrell-Grant was arriving at the hospital.

“I can’t describe it, the pain hurts so bad, I can’t describe it to you,” Terrell-Grant said.

She cannot describe the inconsolable pain that started after she got a call from police telling her what happened.

“I can’t imagine what was going through his head. Why would you want to take the mother of his child?" Terrell-Grant said.

“He” is her daughter’s estranged boyfriend, and the father of her child, who Terrell-Grant believes is the person who killed her as she wrapped up her shift at the Wesley Chapel branch.

Authorities have not named her ex-boyfriend as a suspect in the investigation. But a witness who saw the shooter sitting at Coin Laundry, near the post office, just before the shooting says, he saw the alleged killer stalk her, before walking up and firing off four rounds.

Police hope surveillance video from the laundromat will help them catch Terrell’s killer. Her mother is now forced to raise her daughter's 6-month-old daughter.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created in her honor. You can help her family and donate by clicking here.

The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing its security policies in the wake's of Terrell's murder.

Officials could not comment on the investigation but sent us this statement:

“We are shocked and saddened by what happened to our employee Tyrika Terrell. We give our sincere condolences to her family.

 

 

 

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