By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Marsha Mayes says she wasted no time running to the aid of the mother who now shares her pain.

Mayes says it’s time for the community to step up and deal with this issue of innocent children dying by gunfire. This comes as another family in north Minneapolis is grieving after someone thought shooting into a house where there are children was a good idea.

Police say a 5-year-old boy was been shot and killed, after a bullet came through his north Minneapolis home while he was sleeping Tuesday morning.

“I’m here for them,” Mayes said. “I felt like it has happened to my child all over again.”

She watched the sofa, where the 5-year-old’s life was taken, get dragged out of the house, saying “somebody needs to be in jail.”

The billboards, the tears, the cries to the community for help — even a $10,000 reward from Crime Stoppers — had not sparked anyone to come forward with information that could lead police to a killer from Mayes’ son’s death.

“If it’s six months for me and they still haven’t found my killer, it might be six months for them,” Mayes said. “We’re gonna walk this out together.”

Prayers for peace and healing are always heard during situations like this, but prayer and faith without work is dead.

The two families hope the work part comes to pass and people start caring enough to talk about what they know.


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