A north Minneapolis community activist sent me a Facebook invite about a vigil that will be held Saturday for Quantell Braxton. Apparently, today would have been his 15th birthday. But he was shot and killed on an August night last year. The vigil will be held at the intersection of 17th and Morgan Avenue North, near the scene of the crime. Shortly after Braxton’s killing, Crimestoppers offered up to $1,000 for information in his case. However, police officials say they’re still looking for suspects.
Police say they’re also still looking for leads in the shooting death of the youngest homicide victim in 2011, Terrell Mayes, Jr. Last week, members of his family teamed with dozens of volunteers to canvass the surrounding neighborhood with flyers. The flyers included a picture of Mayes and information about a $7,000 reward – also through Crimestoppers. According to Sgt. Stephen McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department, the reward has grown to $10,000. He says Crimestoppers offers the original $1,000. The rest comes from donations.