Terrell Mayes’ mother relives grief after 3 children shot dead in Minneapolis


A poster by Terrell Mayes offering a reward for information about the shooting that killed him on December 26, 2011.

It’s been almost a decade since Marsha Mayes lost her son.

Terrell Mayes, Jr., 3, was shot dead by a stray bullet while walking up the stairs of his Colfax Avenue North home on Boxing Day.

As the Twin Cities quickly learned, Terrell and his three siblings followed what their mother had taught them to do: run to a safe place in a closet on the second floor whenever gunshots rang out in the neighborhood. .

After Terrell’s murder, Mayes quickly moved her surviving children from north Minneapolis, put them in counseling, and became an advocate for gun violence. At the same time, a $ 60,000 reward has remained untouched as her son’s killer has yet to be found.

“It brings anger,” Mayes said. “It brings hate. It brings love. It brings different feelings when you lose a child.”

Now with two other young gunshot victims in hospital and six-year-old Aniya Allen killed, Mayes is one of many mothers in constant concern for her youngest son Marrell, now 11. .

Mayes says she drove behind his bus this week just to make sure he got to school safely.

“Because I’m so scared of one of those bullets,” she said.

Even when the family smiles, without Terrell, they are forever missing a piece of their heart.

“With every step we take, we take them for babies,” she says. “We love babies for them.”

Mayes begs anyone with information about her son’s case or any of the unsolved shooting cases since to call the police. She says it’s never too late to close families.

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