A 27-year-old mailman was shot to death early Tuesday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Anthony Hayes was on his way to work, a family member said.
He was shot several times while inside his parked car near West Warren Boulevard and North Francisco Avenue. He grew up in the neighborhood and lived just across the street, according to family.
His aunt, Sharon Winters, found his body slumped over inside his still running car. Police counted 11 bullet holes in the window.
“A kid that loved his family. Loved life, itself. Loved being around, just sharing his love with everyone,” Sandra Winters, aunt, said.
Police have not released information on the shooting or said if there is a suspect or motive. Relatives said Hayes had no gang affiliation, criminal record or enemies.
“I’m just guessing, maybe it’s mistaken identity,” Sharon Winters said.
The United States Postal Service thought so highly of the mail carrier that it suggested ABC7 follow Hayes on his route in 2013.