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May 14, 2013
Rewards Offered in Investigation Into Murder of Minneapolis Toddler
Spotlight on Crime and Crime Stoppers offer combined $60,000 reward in Terrell Mayes case

ST. PAUL, Minn. –Spotlight on Crime and Crime Stoppers today announced rewards totaling up to $60,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting death of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes. Mayes was shot and killed in his Minneapolis home at approximately 6:45 p.m. on December 26, 2011. Minneapolis Police Department investigators have not identified Mayes’ killer despite an exhaustive investigation.

Spotlight on Crime is offering a reward of up to $50,000. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000, including $9,000 in funds donated by the public. Investigators hope the combined reward encourages someone to come forward with information.

About the case:

Terrell Mayes, 3, of Minneapolis: Murdered December 26, 2011

Terrell Mayes, 3, was shot and killed around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, December 26, 2011 in his home at 2644 Colfax Ave. N. in Minneapolis. Terrell lived with his mother and three brothers and they had a practiced plan in place for when they heard gunfire in the neighborhood. That evening they heard gunshots. The family was running up the stairs to a bedroom closet when a bullet came through the north side of the house, striking Terrell in the head. He later died at North Memorial Hospital.

The Minneapolis Police Department Homicide Unit was unable to locate any witnesses to provide a description of the suspect. Shell casings found across the street indicated the suspect was shooting in a southbound direction from an alley.

Anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 877-996-6222 or Information can be provided anonymously.

Spotlight on Crime is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fund established by Minnesota businesses in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and state and local law enforcement officials. Donations to the fund, which may come from any individual, corporation, foundation or other source, are made available as cash rewards to help solve violent crimes.                              




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