Murdered Minneapolis boy misses 5th birthday

6:54 AM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Marsha Mayes returned to her former home for a celebration, but it was not one she wanted to be throwing.

Monday would have been Terrell Mayes Junior's fifth birthday, but Terrell in a shooting on the day after Christmas in 2011.

"I woke up a little sick today but Junior said mommy, it's going to be OK," said Marsha Mayes. "The sun is going to shine and it shined."

Still shrouded in darkness is the identity of Terrell's killer, who fired shots at the home located on the 2600 block of north Colfax Avenue.

One of the bullets pierced the home striking 3-year-old Terrell as he ran up the stairs.

"I want today to be a day of celebrating, but at the same time I also want it to be a plea for the killer to know it's going to be two years. You're taking too long," said Marsha Mayes. "Turn yourself in. Me and my kids need closure. This block needs closure."

At one point during the party, all of the three and 5 year olds were asked to raise their hands. The message was it could have been any one of them.

There is currently a $60,000 reward to solve Terrell's murder and Minneapolis Police tell KARE 11 they have four homicide detectives assigned to the case instead of the usual two.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau tweeted, "Terrell should be eating cake & playing w/friends as he'd be 5 today! We won't stop until his killer caught."

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