Newton South junior Roee Grutman is remembered for his kindness

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BROOKLINE — Hundreds of mourners squeezed into the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel Monday to say goodbye to 17-year-old Roee Grutman, a Newton South High School junior who was remembered for his big brown eyes, ever-present smile, and a genuine kindness that his older brother said came to him “so naturally.”

In an emotional service conducted in English and Hebrew, members of Grutman’s immediate and extended family, friends, and his high school calculus teacher spoke about the teenager who had said he wanted to study medicine.

“Something special about Roee was that he could be himself all the time; he never had to change to make people like him,” said a friend who spoke without identifying himself. “He was compassionate, friendly. . . . Everyone loved to be around him.”

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