A Milwaukee postal worker identified as Aundre Cross was shot and killed Friday

Aundre Cross has been identified as the U.S. Postal Service employee who was shot and killed Friday while delivering mail on Milwaukee’s north side.

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

A spokesman for the agency said that no additional information will be provided at this time. The Chicago-based agency will coordinate with Milwaukee Police on the ongoing investigation. According to Milwaukee police, Cross was a 44-year-old father of four.

A friend and former co-worker, who only asked to be identified as Tia R., said she worked with Cross for seven years before leaving the USPS in 2021.

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

Tia R. (center) poses with Aundre Cross (right).  Cross was shot and killed Friday night while delivering mail on Milwaukee's north side.

Tia said she met Cross two years ago when she worked at the Teutonia post office. They later worked together at the Hampton Avenue station.

“He has two post families,” he said. “Two groups of postal workers, both past and present, who remember him.”

Aundre Cross was remembered as a positive and caring person

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

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