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There were plenty of tears and anger at Guardian Angels Catholic Church as family and friends gathered to lay 9-year-old Devin Aryal to rest on Monday.

Devin was shot and killed last Monday night in Oakdale, Minn., when a man began shooting randomly at passing cars. Two others, including Devin's mother, were also injured.

While the sadness of his death was certainly felt by all who gathered, Monday's funeral focused on the joy of Devin's life by remembering the friendships and love he shared.

"He was just so bubbly," remembered Gabrielle Rongstad. "Friends with everyone."

Devin was remembered as a boy who would help anyone who was hurting, lend friendship to the lonely and protect those being bullied.

"He just stood up for everyone," Rongstad said.

Hundreds of people, including family, friends, classmates and teachers were expected to pack the church and say their last goodbyes to a little boy who loved the color green.

In all, 1,200 ribbons were handed out to those who say they hope people will remember the good Devin brought into the world more than the evil that took his life so suddenly.

Father Rodger Bauman spoke about the violence that broke out in the metro community, and he said people often ask what Jesus would do in these times. He urged the mourners to also consider what Devin would do.

"What I had received about Devin told me that he was very much like Jesus, a disciple," Bauman said. "A very loving, caring friend to others. He was always there for people."

For Rongstad, that answer was simple.

"He wouldn't take revenge on the person who took his life," she said.

So instead of focusing on the anger and still unanswered questions in the case, loved ones shared memories of a 9-year-old with the giant smile, who was described as remarkable, happy-go-lucky, and as somebody who loved soccer, Spiderman and school. Family members say Devin wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up.

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Tran is being held on $2 million bail and is charged with six felony counts of murder and assault.

Prosecutors say they have no idea why Tran was shooting at cars -- they only have to prove he did it.

Tran's public defender has asked for a mental health evaluation, which should take about a month.

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