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She says the block has gotten more quiet in the past two years — she thinks the gangs have started to stay away from the street. She hopes to raise $2,000 to pay for the empty plot of land adjacent to her old house and turn it into a garden where kids can play.
“I want them to come here and not just think this is where Terrell died,” Mayes said.
Angela Anvent, a north Minneapolis mother, led a group of about 40 neighbors, bikers and police officers in a march through the surrounding area. During the march, the group stopped to pray at different places where local residents have died from shootings. “We have to stop the killing,” she said.
A string of shootings involving north Minneapolis children followed Terrell’s death, sparking protest and pleas from community members to find those responsible and beef up enforcement. Five-year-old Nizzel George was shot in the back while he slept on his grandmother’s couch in June 2012. A 2-month-old boy shot in north Minneapolis was left in critical condition in September, and two other children were wounded earlier last summer.
At least 154 shootings have taken place in Minneapolis this year through July 20, according to police records, with 42 arrests.