MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From people across the country, the money continues to pour in to help find justice for 3-year-old Terrell Mayes, Jr., who was killed by a stray bullet.

On Dec. 26, 2011, the little boy was shot through the walls of his Minneapolis home. He later died at the hospital.

Right now, the reward for information leading to an arrest is up to $8,000.

“We are all here basically saying, ‘we’re not forgetting Terrell Mayes, Jr.,’ ” said Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan.

It was a call many in this group say they were compelled to answer. People from every corner of the metro came together in an effort to find a killer.

“None of us are hopeless, none of us are helpless and if we can all do what little we can do in our own network in our own little neighborhoods it will all make a difference,” said volunteer, Greg Coleman.

The difference may be in the reward being offered.

“The mind set of many a life is only worth a thousand bucks,” Coleman said.

With the help of people from as far away as Chicago, Crime Stoppers’ $1,000 reward has grown to more than $8,000.

“I was just so frustrated this week. I felt like I had to do something,” said volunteer Joan Miltenberger.

Miltenberger is one of several volunteers who hit the streets of North Minneapolis, hoping an increased reward and a little door knocking can make a difference.

“I work in downtown Minneapolis and so we obviously are part of this larger community and I feel it’s really important that we are considered as one community,” Miltenberger said.

Fliers made their way to the homes, on the cars and in the hands of North Minneapolis residents.

These volunteers say their concern has evolved into action, something they hope is contagious.

“It’s very heartbreaking to hear about this three year old boy being killed here and what’s even more tragic is people are not coming forward to identify who is the child’s killer,” said volunteer Stadie Facion.

Even Terrell’s mother took part. She now believes every step taken today is a step closer to finding the person responsible for taking her son’s life.

Police are not saying what if any information they are getting from the community about this case.

What they do say is this is a tough one for them and they need the public’s help to solve this crime.

If you’d like to donate, click here.

Reg Chapman

Comments (15)
  1. Mo says:

    You are an idiot.

    its not that “these people” will never give up one of their own, its more they don’t want to be buried right next to the little boy. Because even if i knew who did it, had their ph# and address even, I would STILL be contemplating on if I should tell, becuase guess what, I could end up dead myself.

    1. Tom says:

      @ Little Tin God

      They get upset when an innocent bystander gets shot!

      But sadly to say I do agree with you and this will sound cold, but good luck in getting them to give someone up!

  2. Lar says:

    The shooting was a tragedy, very sad, but what is almost equally sad is the fact that it requires a large monetary reward to get information on the jerks who did it. If you don’t like what’s going on in your neighborhood, change it!! At some point, you need to man up, and take your neighborhood back.

  3. B says:

    Re: Little Tin God – “they deserve what they get”
    Are you seriously implying that this little boy “got what he deserved”? You are disgusting.

  4. BJ says:

    I hope when they catch the little Biaatch that fired the shot they hang him by his crusty balls.and whoever turns him in enjoys the Money. such a tragic event for the little boys family.

    1. Bruce Wayne says:

      how do you know the shooter has balls??? making an assumption you are, the shooter could have easily been female

  5. Jim Law says:

    There’s a very good reason people don’t talk to police.
    Talking to police can turn you into a suspect real quick. I know this because I am a defense lawyer.
    You never want to talk to police and this is why:


    1. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

      Very informative. Know your rights, and exercise them.

  6. Frank says:

    Hey Jody…Are we taking a little time out from watching Jerry Springer to make a racist comment?

  7. Ashley says:

    Put your name on this comment. Your real name.

  8. Nancy Aleshire says:

    To the person or persons firing a gun in the vicinity of 26th and Colfax on December 26, and you know who you are. That little boy hit by your bullet could very well have been your son or little brother. Do the right thing and turn yourself in to Minneapolis police. The Mayes family needs closure and the only way that is going to happen is for you to take responsibility for your actions.

  9. Sonjay says:

    The funniest part of these comments is that people are yelling at those writing “racist” comments so that we can continue to ignore the reason for this child’s death. Where is this child’s father? Why does mom feel the need to leave her child late at night to buy chips and pop? Why was a 3 year old even awake at that time of day? Answer these questions before you berate the trolls.

  10. DARREN says:

    Where is Terell Mayes Sr. In all of this? haven’t heard one word of anything from the father?

    1. Sonjay says:

      My laughs would be crying if I was surprised at this comment. You think this babymama thinks about a father? That doesn’t happen in the African-American community. A D**k is a D**k as they say over North.

  11. dont cry ashley says:

    How about banning Ashley.