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Terrell Mayes' fourth birthday celebrated somberly in Minneapolis

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What should be a day of celebration is now serving as a somber reminder for residents in one Minneapolis community. Terrell Mayes Junior would have turned four-years-old today, but last year -- the day after Christmas -- he was killed by a bullet that went through the wall of his home.

Today friends and family are gathering to remember Terrell on a day filled with all kinds of emotions.

"You never going to get over losing a child sometimes you just need to do that healing and put it in the hands of the lord," says Rita Neal, Terrell's grandmother.

Terrell's family moved away from the 2600 hundred block of Colfax since the shooting. They returned for the birthday celebration where they could still see the bullet hole in what used to be their home. Terrell's mother Marsh Mayes says her goal is to keep her son's memory alive and to remind the neighborhood his killer has still not been arrested.

"Don't forget about Terrell he as only 3 but he still had a purpose," says Marsha. "Just getting the message out there. Turn yourself in… the family needs closure. We really want him to rest he's not resting."

Since Terrell's murder police say they've known what two groups are likely to blame but still need more information to find out exactly who pulled the trigger.

Various groups including Mad Dads have helped with vigils, billboards and more than $10,000 in reward money but none of it has worked to find the killer.

Perhaps Terrell's older brother said it best: ‘"It's Junior's day he should be here..everybody else should not be here."

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