As vigil honors postal worker shot on South Side, union warns violence could affect mail deliveries

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CHICAGO — A host of postal workers, community leaders and concerned citizens gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday at the spot where a letter carrier was inexplicably shot in Burnside last week.

Community activist Linda Hudson, 8th Ward Accountability Coalition, was among those praying for the brave 24-year-old postal worker who was shot four times and nearly killed as she delivered mail on the 9100 block of South Ellis Avenue around 11:30 a.m. last Thursday.

“She loved her job. She was always very helpful to seniors and those with disabilities,” Hudson said.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, she is doing well and has made remarkable progress.

“We are so grateful to know that our sister is doing well she’s getting better,” said Mack Julion, National Association of Letter Carriers. “I am so moved because I just spoke to her and she’s watching LIVE.”

The United States Postal Service is hoping a $50,000 reward will lead to information on the culprit as police continue to search for the gunman.

“This is our relative, this is our sister, our brothers, our babies are getting shot,” community activist Andrew Holmes said.  “But if anyone has that info on this individual who discharged that weapon, stop holding it in.”

Chicago police say witnesses reported two vehicles, a white or gray Jeep Cherokee and a white Dodge Nitro, speeding away from the scene after shots were fired, but there’s no word yet on any suspects.

“And I will say this to those shooters: we will not let you hold our community hostage,” said Erik Russell, Tree of Life Justice League.

Union leaders say letter carriers will refuse to deliver mail if they don’t feel safe, and they’re warning that entire neighborhoods could lose mail service due to fear of gang conflicts across the city.

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