Postal employees gather to remember two murdered
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Postal workers from around the city
are expected to come together tonight to remember two colleagues
who recently died at the barrel of the same handgun.
Genevieve Paez, 53, and Julius Tartt, 39, both worked nearly
two decades with the U.S. Postal Service before their deaths,
which occurred less than a day apart.
Paez was found by one of her four children outside their Visitacion
Valley home in San Francisco on Nov. 28. She was on her way to
work when someone shot her once in the back of the head, according
Police in Livermore found Tartt's body the next day in a parking
lot off Bluebell Drive, the result of an apparently self-inflicted
San Francisco police, who have been investigating the murder
of Paez, are on the verge of closing the case.
"This is very close to being solved,'' Sgt. Steve Mannina
said today. He said ballistics tests have determined that both
bullets came from the same gun: the handgun that was found at
But tonight's vigil isn't about what happened in that last week
of November, according to Executive Vice President Ray Fong of
the National Association of Letter Carriers, a union representing
"There's going to be no drama. We're not going to talk about
what happened,'' Fong said.
"We're just there for healing.''
Many members of the "postal community'' have been shaken
up by the news of the murder, Fong said. Paez worked as a supervisor
at the Bayview annex in San Francisco, where Tartt had spent most
of his career working as a letter carrier.
"They were both wonderful people,'' said Fong, who added
that he didn't find it strange that the vigil would incorporate
a possible murder suspect. "We don't look at it that way.
We look at it that they're both human beings. The postal community
is one family, you know.''
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