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Friend of murdered mail carrier says she dove into her passions headfirst

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A mail carrier who was murdered earlier this week while on her route is being remembered as a joyful and passionate woman.

A friend who considered Angela Summers family is giving a glimpse into her life before she was killed on her mail route earlier this week.

She says, beyond a postal worker, Summers was a mom, a support system, a pet owner and so much more.

“She had a huge smile and a laugh that could fill a room,” Melissa Cummings said. “You know? She was so joyful about the things that she liked.”

Cummings says Summers was a woman who dove headfirst into her passions and rarely looked back. When Cummings’ dog became sick, Summers was there to go above and beyond.

“She immediately went into research mode and made some treats and homemade food for him that was healthier because she knew he meant a lot to me,” Cummings said. “Then she made me get up and make it in front of her, so I would know how to do it myself. As a result, we started a little hobby business making treats for dogs.”

Cummings says Summers approached everything in life with a can-do attitude and an open mind. So it was no surprise to her friends that she was excited to get a grueling mail carrier job in 2018.

“She was walking about 15 miles a day and she was exhausted,” Cummings said. “But she loved it! And she loved the fact that she was making a good living and able to provide for her daughter and she was very proud to be a mail carrier.”

Cummings says Summers leaves behind a 14-year-old daughter, who she’s been constantly thinking about since Summers’ death.

“My main concern, of course, was for her daughter and trying to help her through this time,” Cummings said. “Because I know at 14, what a horrible time to lose your mom.”

Police have arrested a suspect in Summers’ killing, but Cummings says it doesn’t fix anything.

“There is some comfort in that, but I’m trying really hard to focus on my own grieving process and not what happens to him,” Cummings said. “Because I know that I don’t have that much control over it. But I do hope that he is able to be convicted and face the consequences for the choices that he made.”

There is still a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Police are urging anyone with information connected to Summers’ death to come forward.

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