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Funeral for 13 victims of Serbian shooting spree

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Priests attend the funeral ceremony of shooting victims in the village of Velika Ivanca, about 25 miles southwest of Belgrade on April 12, 2013. A Serbian war veteran who killed 13 relatives and neighbors in a dawn rampage in a Serbian village this week, before turning the gun on himself, died in hospital on Thursday. Serbs were stunned by the massacre on Tuesday in a sleepy rural region southwest of the capital. Six men, six women and a 2-year child died, the gunman's mother and son among them.

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Women mourn during the funeral ceremony of shooting victims in the village of Velika Ivanca, on April 12, 2013.

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Mourners carry crosses with pictures of some of the victims of the shooting rampage in the village of Velika Ivanca on April 12, 2013. Church bells rang out in the tiny Serbian village, as hundreds of tearful mourners buried 13 people gunned down in Serbia's worst massacre in two decades.

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A relative of a victim mourns during a mass funeral in the village of Velika Ivanca, Serbia, on April 12, 2013. Hundreds gathered in this Serbian village Friday to bury 13 people shot to death by a man whom many once knew as a quiet, helpful neighbor.

Mourners wailed and church bells tolled Friday in this Serbian village as hundreds came to bury 13 people shot dead by a man some called a quiet, helpful neighbor.

Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old veteran of the Balkan wars, went on a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage Tuesday in Velika Ivanca, before turning the gun on himself and his wife, police said. The 13 victims included his mother, his son and a 2-year-old boy who was his cousin.

On Friday, the dead lay in coffins — a dozen brown wooden ones and a small white one for the boy — all lined up on a red carpet before a small church near the village cemetery. Mourners, many dressed in black, crowded the small graveyard, just a few kilometers (miles) from the scene of the shootings.

Two women, relatives of the boy's family, fainted when his coffin was lowered into the grave.

"Sometimes humans do evil that would shame the devil," Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Jovan said in a eulogy. "No knowledge can explain why this happened in this quiet village."

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Orthodox priests and mourners hold candles during the funeral of victims of the shooting rampage in the village of Velika Ivanca on April 12, 2013.

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A teddy bear is placed on the coffin of a shooting victim during the funeral ceremony in the village of Velika Ivanca, on April 12, 2013.

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A coffin is interred as bystanders react during a mass funeral in the village of Velika Ivanca, Serbia on April 12, 2013.