Mother of USPS Worker Who Killed 2, Himself Says He Was Not Violent but Bullied at His Job

The mother of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier who fatally shot a manager and a supervisor before killing himself at a Memphis, Tennessee, sorting facility said he was not a violent person and was being bullied at work by his superiors.

On Thursday, Tracey Haley spoke to the Associated Press about her 28-year-old son, Johntra Haley, who she said was the person responsible for shooting two Postal Service co-workers Tuesday.

"He was a churchgoing person. It's just the people at the job was bullying him," she said. "My son went to that job faithfully every day, worked long hours ... comes home stressed because they're talking to him any kind of way."

According to Haley, her son called her and explained he was experiencing bullying from his bosses at work.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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The mother of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier who killed two co-workers and himself said he wasn't a violent person, but he had been bullied at his job. United States Postal Service trucks sit outside the Roberto Clemente Post Office in Chicago, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Haley spoke to an AP journalist at the apartment complex where her son lived as postal inspectors took the man's sister aside for questioning. The inspectors declined comment.

She said she feels sorry for the families of the victims and apologized to them.

Customer service manager James Wilson and customer service supervisor Demetria Dortch were killed, according to Shri Green, an area vice president with the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

Law enforcement authorities have released little to no information about the shootings or those killed. Postal inspectors have not responded to repeated requests for comment, and the AP has been unable to reach the victims' families for their comment.

Friends of Dortch have posted messages on social media calling her a good friend and great supervisor. Wilson was described in local media as "a humble soul, one of the nicest supervising managers you could ever wish there was," by his cousin, postal worker Roxanne Rogers.

Green told the AP on Wednesday that she did not know the motive, but "obviously, something was going on, in the carrier's mind." She said it was Haley's second day working at the sorting facility and it was not his normal assignment.

"It's a sign of the times," Green said, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more work absences and the hiring of new employees whose need for training causes more stress. "The Postal Service altogether, they're working long hours, six or seven days a week. It's just stressful."

In another interview Thursday, Green said she could not comment on the specific bullying accusations and could not speak for the Postal Service, where she worked for 38 years before retiring. But she noted that the Postal Service has a policy against workplace bullying and does not condone it.

Meanwhile, Tracey Haley said Johntra had a son and enjoyed spending time with him, playing video games at home and going out with his girlfriend. Johntra Haley was expecting another child, she said.

Tracey Haley said she buried her deceased husband this year and now has to bury her son.

"I'm not doing good at all," she said. "It's ridiculous. These jobs need to learn to train people to give people respect when you're working for them."

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Tracey Haley told The Associated Press Thursday that her 28-year-old son Johntra Haley was a non-violent person who had been bullied at work. Haley, the mother of a letter carrier who shot a supervisor and a manager before killing himself in a Tennessee postal facility, speaks with reporters outside of her son's apartment on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Cordova, Tenn. Adrian Sainz/AP Photo