No arrest 2 years after Rock Hill native postman killed outside DC

Tyson Barnette
Tyson Barnette Herald file

Another Thanksgiving for the Barnette family, another year with no arrest in the killing of Rock Hill native Tyson Barnette outside Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Barnette, 26, a postal carrier in the Maryland suburbs outside the nation’s capital, was delivering mail after dark on Nov. 23, 2013, when he was shot by an unknown assailant. The crime made national news for a couple of days because of the proximity to Washington, D.C. and the outcry from mail carriers upset at working at night in dangerous territory.

But despite police canvassing and other investigative measures, the case has yet to be solved.

We want answers,” said Bridgette Barnette, Tyson Barnette’s mother who still lives in Rock Hill, where she drives a school bus for the Rock Hill school district. “Two years later, we don’t know anything new.”

Bridgette Barnette returned to Rock Hill this week after traveling to Maryland, where she participated in a candlelight vigil held by postal workers at the scene of the crime. Tyson Barnette was sitting in his mail truck when he was gunned down.

Barnette grew up in Rock Hill and moved to Washington after graduating from Northwestern High School. He was covering an extra shift for a coworker when he was killed after trying to deliver a package to what turned out to be an abandoned house.

A reward of $125,000 offered by the Prince George’s County police and postal service has not helped lead to an arrest.

Although the killing of Tyson Barnette was covered by national media outlets when it happened, now that two years have passed, it is almost as if his death is being forgotten, said Felita Guy, Bridgette Barnette’s sister.

But the family has not forgotten and will continue to demand that the case be solved.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065