Vigil Held For Boy Killed By Stray Bullet

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Friends and neighbors would rather be celebrating the new year with Terrell Mayes Jr., than remembering the life of the 3-year-old who died after being hit in the head by a stray bullet.

Family friends and community leaders came together Saturday afternoon to remember Mayes and support his mother, Marsha, and his siblings.

Candles burned in honor of the child’s life – one taken in an act of seemingly surreal violence.

Police believe the bullet that hit Mayes on Monday night came from outside his house. His family says he and his brother were trying to hide in a closet when the bullet hit Mayes in the head. So far no arrests have been made.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak attended the Meyes vigil and said that nothing could break the boy’s community.

“Tornadoes, hideous acts like this will not stop the North side from being what it is,” Rybak said.

Rybak asked people at the vigil to introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know. He and others also pleaded for the violence to stop.

Minneapolis city council member Don Sammuels called the violence “symptom of the community’s illness.”

“If we do not act it will happen again,” he said. “It will happen over and over again.”

Community members donated money to Meyes’ family, and those who attended the vigil believe the new year is a chance to curb the violence that has plagued the community.

Those at the vigil also asked that those responsible for Meyes’ death come forward.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Help Mayes Family

Donations to Terrell’s family can be given at any M&I Bank. They are to be made out in care of: MAD DADS for the benefit of Terrell Mayes Jr.

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  • TL the alligator

    its a dam shame but why no press about the 21 year old girl, Brianna Jones, who was shot in the head the past few days?……is she any less noteworthy?….its very suspoicious to say the least.

  • Jason

    May God open his arms to this little boy. To those responsible you will pay the ultimate price.

  • hn

    Sending our loving arms to support the family…be strong and know others are out there thinking of you all.

  • Nathan Montgomery

    It is absolutely heartbreaking. I heard this story on MPR while driving back to the cities from Northern Wisconsin on Tuesday. If this is not a wake up call for people that live in North, then what will it take? I saw positive change in Whittier when the residents became fed up with the gangs, prostitution, and drugs. Why has it taken so long for North to do the same? I lived in NE, near Waite Park. I moved because of encroaching crime. I have a luxury most people in North don’t have. If you cannot leave, you have to affect change and do it for your and your neighbors’ sake.

  • Jedgar

    This type of collateral damage is the result of the liberal hand slapping attitude of the court system. Criminals are afforded more rights than the victims. When the perpetrator of this act is hopefully brought to justice the LSW’s of Hennepin County will be quick to ananlyze, compartmentalize and get back to lunch and then home safe to the western burbs. Take a few minutes to study the relatively young history of juvenile crime and one will soon find that the soft approach doesn’t work.

    • jg

      You are one of the very few who has the courage to speak the truth.
      Crimes likes this go on and on because the consequences are slim if any.
      All the while, the criminals build up ” street cred” for being a “bad a**”
      This case will fade, another will come, and another prayer vigil will be held.
      By the way, anyone know where the young boys father is?
      In prison.
      Thats not societys fault.

      • Tax Payer

        You both are right. That neighborhood, that community, that culture absolutely refuses to help themselves. Then when the inevitable happens, a child is killed, then and only then are they willing to do something. Unfortunately, that lasts about as long as the story remains on the local news. Two weeks later, same crime, same school drop-out rates, same number of gun shots, same behaviors in the homes, same boys impregnating the neighbor girl and walking away, same girls having more babies and no adults doing anything to make things change. Why should the rest of us have to continue to pay for this irresponsibility in our county taxes? We don’t live that way. We don’t cause this waste and damage. Yet, we have to share in the costs. Time these communities start taking some responsibility.

  • Animals

    Very sad story but no way im donating a nickel to his mother, I’ve already been supporting her for years, i’ve done my part, now she can do her part and not have another fatherless child, like she has already admitted to not having a relationship with her childrens fathers.

    • kids have no chance

      No kidding. Maybe have a few less children and afford a better neighborhood. So sad she put her kids in this situation.

  • g dog

    Mike – take that aggression and do some good with it.
    Donate generously to the boys mother.

    • Tired of same old same old

      Why is it that the black culture has to have so much aggression in the first place. Listen to the last speaker on the news article. Anger, anger, anger. A lot of talk, but when are the adults in that neighborhood going to start parenting? When are they going to start saying “no” to the behavior of their children? When are they going to start taking action? When are they going to start calling the cops when they know the child of a neighbor is carrying a gun or breaking the law? When are they going to start teaching their children they can have a future, but only if they stay in school and working hard? When are they going to start taking responsibility for themselves, their child, their community? It’s not up to us on the outside to continue to pay for their irresponsibility. It’s not up to the courts and schools to do their parenting. Going to church and praying it is going to get better is not going to work. It hasn’t worked and it never will. That is simply being irresponsible and NOT facing reality. It was a terrible thing that the child was the victim, but be honest, that has happened so many times in that community, I’ve lost count; and I’m sure they have also. Nothing is going to change until the adults stand up for once, and take their community back; and that means not a single effort, but ongoing, consistent examples of how to live a proud and respectful life. Children follow the examples set by their parent(s); and that’s the core problem in that community. The adults simply don’t care enough to say “no”. The adults in that community are the problem. Too many fathers who won’t stick around to raise their children. Too many women willing to have child after child without any means of self-support. Too many children seeing and repeating the same terrible, dysfunctional behaviors that keep generation after generation in the ghetto. Fix those cultural elements and you will see the crime go away. It can be done. Other minorities don’t have these consistent and repetitious problems.

      • j

        I agree with every word you wrote.
        But what do you expect from a community that encourages
        the “no snitch no tell” policy?

        • Tired of same old same old

          What I expect is that nothing will happen. Truly. As an adult, and having watched that community for 40+ years and seeing nothing change, all I can do is draw the conclusion that ‘they like it that way’. ‘It’s acceptable to live that way for them; they are comfortable with it.’ We have to admit it, they don’t change. Obviously, they value the ‘no snitch, no tell’ policy, as you call it. That’s their choice. But the part of that choice they never want to face is that eventually, it is going to get one, or two, or ten of their young children killed, just like it did last week. The fact that it continues, even after everyone of these deaths, is witness to the fact that it is the adults that indirectly pulled the trigger. But they value that policy you mentioned more than they do the lives of an unknown number of their children. It’s that simple. Nothing complicated about it. It’s “just the facts”. But I’m sure they won’t like to hear that either. Some day the police will come up with who fired the weapon. Odds are, he will be a ten or twelve year old male, and he will go through the juvenile courts and think nothing of it. Why? He will get more supervision and sense of someone carrying about him in the prison system than he received in the home he was growing up in. If he doesn’t take advantage of the education and training available in the system, some gang will take him under their wing and he will still feel better cared for with them, than what his mother provided. At least the gang has a code and rules, and some sense of future accomplishment, growth, esteem, and identity. (It’s a sad commentary about that community, but it is true.) So you tell me, who really pulled the trigger in that killing? I believe the adults of the community did, indirectly, but is was and continues to be their lack of responsibilities that created what brought everything needed for that one moment to occur and at that exact place. That was the pressure that moved the trigger. The actual firing of the weapon was simply the ‘echo’ of the death that finalized itself that day.

          • Jason

            @ tired of same old, You just hit a homerun. Unfortunately the people this would benefit the most can not comprehend your comment.

      • you have many great ideas

        Agree 100%. You are so right about the parents afraid to say no. I could write a book about the dysfunction in my family.

        • Tired of same old same old

          Then you should write that book. Don’t worry about it being perfect. You can always get others to edit it for you. The important issue is to get reality in front of those who don’t want to face it and the community at large. That’s how change occurs. It takes courage. You have that. You can contribute to the problem or contribute to the solution. Please, write the book.

          • j

            you speak more sense than most politicians.
            You’re right , they do “like it that way”
            That’s why at some of the “vigils”, they hear gunshots down the street.
            And no amount of money thrown around can fix that problem.

          • you have many great ideas

            I have stood up this week and forced reality on my family. I’m tired of all these kids having kids and my family thinks nothing of it. The men in my family want to be friends with their kids and have never shown them what a real father does.

  • dinnmpls

    I live in North Minneapolis and it drives me absolutely crazy that the black community as a whole can get off their behinds for the public spectacle but nobody shows up for day to day volunteer organization and other opportunities, they can’t manage to call the police to report suspicious activity, they don’t actually seem to do much of anything other than the spectacle.

  • anger mgmt

    Drinking already Mike?

  • james2

    “Crime, Prostituion, Gangs” – All money makers in the black market due to Prohibition.

    Let’s have sensible drug laws, remove the profit, and change the mindset. The culture will change according to how we lead.

    My deepest sympathies to the family who lost so much. Sad.

  • CJ

    Oh well, the kid would have been a criminal anyhow. I shed no tears for Minneapolis.

  • RIII

    People that do not work to support their lives and family have little respect for others life and family. Was it good intentions or a plan to destroy the family structure (a mother and a father) when we replaced the church as a provider of welfare and support with the state? I have tired of having the fruits of my labor going to support people that did not earn them; it has made me indifferent to this young person death. But still I hope this young person finds peace in a place better than this and the people responsible are brought to justice…

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