“I really didn't think it would take this long,” says V.J. Smith of Madd Dadds. “ I thought we would have it all figured out by now.”
The reward money raised by Crimestoppers and MAD DADS has now topped $10,000. Although Minneapolis Police Inspector Mike Martin says dozens of tips have come in over the past 30 days, investigators are still waiting for the one tip they need.
“We have a pretty good idea who was out there,” said Martin. “Maybe not specific names on some people, but (we know) what two sides were out there and their groups of friends.”
Mayes was killed after a stray bullet entered his home and shot the toddler as he climbed the stairs on the day before Christmas. With three other children to care for, Smith said Terrell’s mother, Marsha, is struggling. She has put on a brave face at vigils and community sweeps of her Colfax Aveune home, but the one-month anniversary is overwhelming for the grieving mother.
“When I looked at Marsha today -- when I (saw) the tears roll down her face like it was raining, I knew that she was just overwhelmed with stress," said Smith.
MAD DADS is also trying to raise funds to help move the Mayes family into a permanent home away from where the shooting took place.
As crude as it may sound, investigators say more money may help solve the case. That's why they're turning to the community and offering an incentive for information.
To provide information to Crime Stoppers, call 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), text TIP674 plus your information to 274637(CRIMES) or go to the Crime Stoppers website and click on “Give a Tip." All callers are given a unique identifier and no names are used.