Mourners grieve for fatally shot 9-year-old boy


Hundreds packed into Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale Tuesday night, mourning the loss of 9-year-old Devin Aryal, who dreamed of being an astronaut, but was fatally shot Monday in a random act of violence.

Local media reported that mourners at the vigil were grappling with the question: Why?

"It's a normal question. It's a question I don't have an answer for," said Holy Cross Lutheran Pastor John Stiles, KARE 11 reported.

Nhan L. Tran, 34, is being held in the shootings on suspicion of second-degree murder and felony assault. The Oakdale man was expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Tran is accused of firing randomly on four vehicles. Also wounded in the shootings was Devin's mother, and Karen L. Knoblach, 68, of Oakdale, who was in another vehicle. Knoblach was shot in the leg and finger, which was amputated. In a statement, she said her "heart and prayers go out to the family who lost a small child, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reports that Lynea Geinert, volunteer coordinator at the church, at the vigil said, "We would like to blame everything on the shooter and their evil acts, or on guns which are much too easily attainable in this society; but we know that the causes to such tragedies are always bigger than our limited wisdom."

Next Up


Mourners still seek answers at vigil for 5-year-old Mpls. shooting victim

A vigil for 5-year-old shooting victim Nizzel George drew a large crowd, raw emotions and unanswered questions Saturday afternoon in the Twin Cities. The boy died Tuesday as he was sleeping on his grandmother's couch in North Minneapolis when her house was riddled with bullets. Two teen boys have been arrested in connection with the shooting.