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Investigators canvass route of slain postal worker

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- On Saturday, Prince George's County Police investigators and U.S. Inspectors were out canvassing the same route where Tyson Barnette was murdered.

They are looking for any new leads that will lead them to Barnette's killer. The letter carrier was shot to death while on his assigned route in Landover, Md.

US Postal Inspectors and Prince George's County detectives went door to door revisiting 26-year-old Tyson Barnette's assigned route, the day he was killed. 

Frank Schissler, a Postal inspector says, "Hopefully there's someone who knows something. It might not be something that happened right before he was killed or after he was killed. It may have occurred another day. There may have been some incident that could have led to this."

One week ago Saturday, Barnette was near the end of his route in the 1600 block of Reed Street and Jutewood Avenue in Landover around 7:20 in the evening, when he was gunned down.

Police to walk route of murdered mailman

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County Police will be back in Landover Saturday morning. Authorities will be flanked by the U.S. Postal Service, canvassing the route of a mailman who was murdered Saturday November 23.

Tyson Barnette, 26, was gunned down around 7:30 p.m. while delivering mail on Reed Street. 

One week later, no arrests have been made.

Police will pass out Crime Solvers flyers, ask neighbors what they recall from that day and remind them that there is a combined reward of up to $125,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

At least one of those neighbors told WUSA9 that she has been "extremely concerned" since Barnette's seemingly random murder. Since the incident, she said, "I check in with my husband more often to make sure everything is OK."

Police to retrace mailman's route tomorrow

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Tomorrow morning, Prince George's County Police detectives and U.S. Postal investigators will be passing out fliers after a postal carrier was killed on the job in Landover.

They are looking for anything that will help them find the person who killed Tyson Jerome Barnette last Saturday.

Investigators say they will retrace the route Barnette was walking the night he was killed. Right now there is a $125,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.

Leaky roof ruins Thanksgiving

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Landover woman spent this Thanksgiving in tears because she says she has no place to go after her apartment was made unlivable by a leaking roof.

Teresa Smith claims neither managers at the Kent Village Apartments in Landover nor roofers she says are responsible for a flood in her unit would foot the bill to put her in a safe dry unit or hotel room while emergency repairs are being done.

As a result, she is spending Thanksgiving alone will all her belongings stuffed in the lone room unaffected by the disaster.

Smith's daughter, who was visiting from Atlanta, returned home because there was no safe place for her to stay, Smith said.

The apartments are operated by Southern Management.  There was no response to WUSA's call to an emergency contact number.

Workers were called in to install new ceilings in Smith's unit Thursday.

Police investigate Maryland hit-and-run

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident in Md.

It happened on November 22 around 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Pinebrook Avenue and Landover Road. The pedestrian who was hit was pronounced dead on the scene. Police are now looking for the suspect(s) who fled from the scene.

Investigators believe that the man was run over by several cars. If you have any information, call officials at (301) 731-4422. 

Navajo 'Code-Talkers' honored at Redskins Game

(AP) -- Four members of the famed Navajo Nation Code Talkers were honored at a Washington Redskins game.

The men's appearance at Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers came during the Redskins' military appreciation night. But it's also fueling the debate over the team's mascot, which has been criticized as racist and offensive.

The crowd cheered as Peter MacDonald Sr., George Willie Sr., George James Sr. and Roy Hawthorne stepped onto the field during the first quarter.

A video shown overhead paid tribute to the Code Talkers, who used their native language to confound the Japanese during World War II. The video ends with MacDonald saying, "Hail to the Redskins. Go, Redskins. Let's do it."

Mailman murder sparks criticism of Postal Service

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- The investigation into the murder of a mailman on his route is intensifying, and so has bitter criticism of the Postal Service management policies that have carriers routinely out on the street well after dark. 

Twenty-six-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette was shot to death in the 1600 block of Reed Street in Landover, around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The Postal Service has offered a $125,000 reward trying to solve a crime that critics say wouldn't have happened if Postal Service cutbacks didn't put carriers out routinely at night. 

Bewildered neighbors say night deliveries are obviously risky.

"It was unusual. Never got that mail that night, never. My mom said she heard a pow, a pause, and then a pow, pow, pow, pow. Wait a couple minutes, looked out the windows, no cars went up the street. She'd seen a truck and said they done killed the mailman," said a resident of the neighborhood.