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A 3-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Was Killed the Day After Christmas in 2011. 'I'm Broken Every Day,' His Mom Says of Still Having No Answers.

Source: MEGA: Minneapolis police

Dec. 26 2023, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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The time around Christmas is supposed to be joyous for children. For the Mayes family it’s a haunting reminder, of what happened a decade ago.

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On Dec. 26, 2011, Terrell Mayes, 3, and his family ran to an upstairs bedroom in Minneapolis after hearing gunfire. A bullet came through their house and hit the child in the head, according to Minneapolis police.

Shell casing found across the street showed the suspect was shooting in an alley.

That shooter hasn’t been caught, and now a decade after Mayes’ homicide, the case has gone cold.

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His mother, Marsha Mayes, has spoken out about the case and asked for anyone with information to come forward.


“On my insides I’m damaged, I’m broken everyday. It’s a battle to get up and not know that I’m getting up and my child is sitting in this urn and there is no explanation or anything,” Marsha Mayes told WCCO in 2020.

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There is a reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspected shooter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at (877) 996-6222.

Marsha Mayes said to WCCO that all she wants is justice. She added she wants the killer to come forward so they and her family can start to heal.

“The best gift for all will be for you to turn yourself in and give him that Christmas gift,” Mayes told the TV station. “I want to get this over with. If I could I would go and do the time with you just so we both can be comfortable and put this behind us. It’s time to.”


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