Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"We cannot give up on this problem."

Funeral Held For Toddler Killed By Stray Bullet In His Home The Day After Christmas
Re-printed from a story at KSTP Channel 5 on January 4th 2012

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (R) mourns at a funeral for a 3-year-old killed by gunfire in St. Paul.

The funeral for 3-year-old Terrell Mayes was held at True Vines Missionary Baptist Church in North Minneapolis today.

Many people stood up and called for an end to violence. Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan as well as other community leaders and activists were at the funeral.

Police are still looking for anyone with information in the shooting death. Mayes was hit by a stray bullet the day after Christmas while inside his home. He later died.

"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." He went on to state.

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.

Star-Tribune, VIDEO: Terrel Mayes Funeral
KARE 11, Vigil Honor Brief Life Of Child
KSTP Channel 5, Community Remembers Toddler Killed