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Prayer Vigil Held in Oakdale After Boy Killed

Posted at: 02/12/2013 1:45 PM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 3:41 PM
By: Scott Theisen

An Oakdale church held a prayer vigil Tuesday after an apparent random shooting left a 9-year-old boy dead and his mother and another woman wounded.


The vigil began at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran church there were several hundred people in attendance, including many children who knew victim Devin Aryal.

Craft tables were available for those who wanted to write a note or light a candle in memory of a friend or loved one.

Little Emily Olson couldn't talk about it, but she did put her words to paper.

Olson's mom Ann said, "She drew a heart. And put, love Emily.  Because she did love Devin."

Police say a 34-year-old Oakdale man randomly fired at passing vehicles Monday evening in a neighborhood in the St. Paul suburb.

Devin Aryal, was killed while riding in a vehicle with his mother. His 39-year-old mother was injured.

A 68-year-old woman in another vehicle was shot in the hand.

Police are holding the suspect on suspicion of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Many in the crowd of Tuesday night's vigil went to school with Devin at Oakdale Elementary.  Friends and Teachers remembered him as a boy who brought an infectious joy and energy to class.
 
School Superintendent Patty Phillips told us, "They never heard him say an unkind word about anyone, he was that energizer bunny who showed up every day just full of life."
 
At the daycare where Devin spent up to 50 hours a week for the past 6 years, Pam Reilly can't help but wonder what if she'd have just convinced the boy's mother to stay a few extra minutes Monday Night.
 
Reilly said, "We sit every night and have coffee until at least 6, that was the norm.  Had I made another pot maybe."
 
They'd have never left, never encountered a man firing his gun randomly while walking down the street.  Maybe Devin would still be alive.
 
Reilly went on to say, "I wish we could just go back and do that, but we can't" 

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Memorial Fund

The Devin Aryal Memorial Fund has been set up at U.S. Bank.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Reporter Chris Egert contributed to this report.