Milwaukee postal worker fatally shot Friday identified as Aundre Cross

The U.S. Postal Service worker who was fatally shot Friday while delivering mail on the north side of Milwaukee has been identified as Aundre Cross.

The United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago confirmed Cross’s identity to the Journal Sentinel. The agency said Saturday it was offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the homicide.

A spokesperson for the agency said it would not provide any additional information at this time. The Chicago-based agency will coordinate with Milwaukee police on the ongoing investigation. Cross was 44 years old and a father of four children, according to Milwaukee police.

A friend and former colleague, who asked to be identified simply as Tia R., told the Journal Sentinel that she worked with Cross for seven years before leaving the USPS in 2021.

“He was a mentor to everyone,” she said. “He was always ready with a prayer, a joke or a story. He never let anyone go (any situation) without a smile on his face.”

Tia R. (middle) stands with Aundre Cross (right).  Cross was fatally shot Friday night while delivering mail on the north side of Milwaukee.

Tia said she met Cross when the two worked at the Teutonia postal station several years ago. They then worked together at the Hampton Avenue station.

“He has two postal families,” she said. “Two groups of postal workers from yesterday and today who remember him.”

Aundre Cross remembers a positive and caring person

Tia remembers Cross as someone who was always positive, always working to put a smile on someone’s face “whenever they were grieving or going through something.” She has many memories of “getting into trouble with him,” she joked.

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