MINNEAPOLIS - One year ago, a stray bullet came through the side of a north Minneapolis home and struck three-year-old Terrell Mayes in the head.
"Every day about 6 o'clock, or 6:30 p.m., my heart skips a couple of beats," said Marsha Mayes, remembering the hour her son was killed.
On Wednesday, the day after Christmas, Mayes returned to the site of his death, her former home on the 2600 block of Colfax Avenue, and demanded the people responsible finally come forward.
"Instead of me having all four of my children, I only got three. Instead of me seeing Junior open his gifts, we was rubbing an urn, telling him how much we miss him," said Mayes, of her grief stricken holiday celebration this year.
After neighborhood gunfire rang out Dec. 26, 2011 a stray bullet struck three year old Terrell Mayes as he ran to hide in a closet, carrying a plate of spaghetti. He never made it upstairs.
Neighborhood activist KG Wilson, of Hope Ministries and the Charez Jones Foundation, also came to Colfax Avenue to call for closure, hoping to change the conscience of a killer.
"Please turn yourself in. Let's get this thing over with, bring some closure to this mother and this family and some peace to this community because as long as you are out there you are a danger to the community," he said. "I am begging and pleading with you on today, Dec. 26, the same day last year, that little Terrell was taken away at the hands of you."
Despite repeated emotional pleas, billboards and a more than $10,000 reward, Minneapolis police have never announced any leads, a leaving a mother to return to this block on another mournful day.
"I want the killer to know, you can't run. God knows everything. He saw you out here that night," said Mayes.
Her son would have turned four last July. Police have assigned two investigators to the case and have not made any arrests.
Mayes will speak this Saturday at the New Salem Missionary Baptist church on Bryant Avenue North. Reverend Jerry McAfee is leading a memorial service for families who have lost loved ones to murder.
The vigil is open to the public and begins at 12 p.m.
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