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Widows and Orphans


Families of the postal workers killed in last week’s murder spree by Jennifer Sanmarco won’t be left high and dry financially, at least for the immediate future; victims were automatically granted U.S. Postal Service (USPS) life insurance, conferring to beneficiaries or next of kin a payment equivalent to each victim’s annual salary plus $2,000. Beneficiaries will also receive an additional year’s salary under an accidental death clause. According to a USPS spokesman, most of the victims had worked for the postal service for more than 15 years and were earning between $34,000 and $46,000; one was a flex-time “non-permanent” employee earning approximately $20 per hour after nine years of service.

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