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12-year-old fatally shot in Minneapolis remembered as happy and energetic

London Michael Bean, a sixth-grader, died Wednesday afternoon.

Loved ones are mourning the loss of the 12-year-old killed in a Minneapolis shooting Wednesday.

Family identified the victim as London Michael Bean, a sixth-grader at Sojourner Truth Academy. He was fatally shot around 3:40 p.m. on the 800 block of Aldrich Avenue North, after what police said was an argument that abruptly turned into gunfire.

The suspected shooter is a juvenile teenager, police said.

Bean, in a Go Fund Me to pay for his funeral, is described as "a very goofy, energetic boy and he turned every negative situation positive."

It continues: "He was the life of the party. And although he was the youngest outta our siblings he always had that protector mindset."

His grandmother, Darlisa Williams, wrote on Facebook: "You always were there for Me London But God got you now," adding she is "sorry I wasn't there."

"I Love you Always," her note concludes.

She also spoke to the Star Tribune, remembering their trip to the State Fair just days earlier. Another family member, Shantel Mack, told KARE 11 Bean was a "very happy" kid.

"There are no words to express the magnitude of this tragedy and the impact to London’s family, community, and classmates," said Civil Rights attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong on Facebook, calling Bean a "beautiful, young 12-year-old boy."

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Bean's death is the third fatal shooting of a child in Minneapolis in recent months, following the deaths of 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith and 6-year-old Aniya Allen, who were both struck by stray bullets earlier this year.

The fundraiser for Bean's funeral has raised about $1,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

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