Reporting Reg Chapman
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three-year-old Terrell Mayes, Jr. was inside his house when the bullet came through the wall and hit him in the head. Nearly two weeks after a Minneapolis boy was killed by a stray bullet, his killer remains on the loose.
An entire community felt the pain associated with the loss of three year old Terrell Mayes, Jr. People gathered for a prayer vigil outside his home and even more attended his funeral.
Now, his family hopes the community comes together once again, to help boost the money offered for information leading to his killer. Right now, there is a $1,000 reward to help police find the shooter.
“A thousand dollars for a 3-year-old’s life. Is that all my grandchild was worth is a thousand dollars? When I found out that’s all, it was a hurt to me,” said Jacqueline Mayes, Terrell’s grandmother.
Mayes says she can feel the outrage in the community behind her grandson’s murder, and hopes more money will entice someone to tell police what they know.
Crime Stoppers says calls from the community prompted them to try and get others involved in raising funds for the reward.
“Mad Dads in Minneapolis contacted us and said we’re getting calls saying ‘how can we raise that reward,’ so they wanted us to be a partner with them to essentially put forth this effort,” said Bob Dennistoun of Crime stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The money used for rewards is donated.
All crime stopper rewards begin with the $1,000. If there is an increase, it’s because people donate money.
“Whatever funds come in through this special link will be added to that thousand dollars and our offer will be then be up to whatever that dollar amount may be,” Dennistoun said.
Right now, police continue to look for little Mayes’ killer.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.