Vigil honors life of Terrell Mayes and rallies for change

MINNEAPOLIS - A grieving neighborhood came together Saturday.

"We're here to support this community," said one neighbor. "We're here to show our sympathy for the family."

Close to 300 people, along with elected and community leaders, came together to honor the life of 3-year old Terrell Mayes. The boy was shot Monday by a stray bullet while inside with his family in their North Minneapolis home.

"This incident has hit the heart of everyone in this state," said Senator Amy Klobuchar while speaking to the audience. "This is about hope, this is about the beginning, and this is about looking at things differently."

The vigil included candles, a message board to leave notes for the family, and music, but it was also a time for the community to recommit to a safer place to live.

"When you see pain and suffering like this it's critical that you do something immediately to take action," said V.J. Smith, the president of MAD DADS, an anti-violence group. "
We are serious about coming together. This is a community unified."

While city leaders vowed to continue the search for anyone involved, many spoke from the microphone and urged the crowd to become an agent for change.

"When you wake up in the morning ask yourself 'what are you going to do about this,'" said Don Samuels from the Minneapolis City Council. "We cannot give up on this problem."

A reward is still being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case. Meanwhile, the family is asking for community support to help to pay for the funeral. Donations can be made in Mayes' name at any M&I Bank office.


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