‘Turn yourself in’: Family, friends of murdered postal worker seek justice

WARREN, Ohio (WJW) – While Warren police continue to search for the killer of a U.S. Postal carrier, family and friends of the victim are seeking justice for the 33-year-old father.

“Overall good guy, loved his family, loved his kids, loved his cousins,” said Tracey Kindler, a close friend of Jonte Davis. “He was just trying to make a living, trying to do his job and to be killed on the job makes it difficult, harder for us to deal with.”

Davis was shot and killed in the afternoon of March 2 while he was on Olive Avenue in Warren.  Police say he was targeted. Davis was inside his U.S. Postal van when he was shot. Davis died a short time later at the hospital.

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A makeshift memorial now marks the area where Davis was killed.

Warren police detectives have been investigating the homicide. So far, no arrests have been made.

“We are praying that justice is done because it is now like the unknowns,” said Archie Blair, the victim’s cousin. “We don’t know where anybody is, we don’t know who it is. They could be outside our door, we would never know.”

The U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the ongoing investigation.

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the murder.

“Intestinal fortitude,” Kindler said. “The person that did this needs to do the right thing, come forward and help the family heal.”

Blair agrees and offers this message for the suspect.

“We don’t hate you , we love you,” Blair said.  “We are asking God to have mercy on your soul but please turn yourself in.”

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