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TERRELL MAYES: Birthday event to celebrate life; killer still sought

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MADDADS is inviting members of the public to join in a birthday celebration for Terrell Mayes Jr., the 3-year-old Minneapolis boy who was killed by a stray bullet that came through the wall of his home.

An event to celebrate what would have been the boy's fifth birthday is set for Monday between 5 and 8 p.m. at 2644 Colfax Ave. N. Games for children, food, music and a moment of silence will be observed. Donations are welcomed.

The shooter still has not been caught, and a $60,000 reward for information leading to an arrest remains available.

Spotlight on Crime is offering up to $50,000 and Crime Stoppers is contributing up to $10,000, including $9,000 which was donated by the public. Tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at 651-452-7463.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will also accept anonymous tips from the public at 877-996-6222 or by e-mail at bca.tips@state.mn.us.

THE SHOOTING

A bullet struck Mayes in the head the day after Christmas in 2011 as he climbed the stairs of his home. He later died at North Memorial Hospital.

Family members tell FOX 9 News they had a practice in place for when they heard gunfire in the neighborhood to avoid undue injury in the home. The family was running up the stairs to shelter in a bedroom closet when Mayes was shot.

The Minneapolis Police Department conducted an investigation and officers say they believe they know what two groups are responsible for the shooting; however, they need more information to identify the person who pulled the trigger.

The family has since moved away from the 2600 block of Colfax Avenue, but they returned to the scene last year to ask the shooter to surrender to police. At the time, they could still see the bullet hole in the home.

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