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Roee Grutman's parents share memories of their son

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 11, 2014 12:08 PM

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After Roee Grutman was laid to rest Monday, Galit and Mordechai Grutman released a statement about their son and the many lives he touched during his 17 years. Grutman, a junior at Newton South High School, died on Thursday.

We are Roee's parents and would like to share with you some of the things we have recently heard about Roee.

He was a wonderful friend and a supportive person. Kids used to confide in him and he always helped others. In the last few days we had about 100 kids streaming into our house with such beautiful stories about him. He helped and inspired so many lives in our community. Roee was a very smart young man and a great brother. He knew how to make people smile and cared about everyone. His love for sports and math is something we are going to follow up with and we are now working on creating annual events in his memory. He wanted to change the world, that's what he said to us recently, so we are going to do it for him with all the inspiration from him.

Every kid thought he was his best friend, because of all the love and care Roee invested in each and every one of his peers.

He was class officer and vice president for all of his years at South and math assistance.

He started the Hebrew club in his freshman year.

He was a wonderful counselor in the Israeli scouts and wanted to volunteer in other organizations as well.

He and his friend had an idea to open a math tutoring, where they would get teenagers to tutor other kids for free and use the money from that to help different people in need. We talked with Mr. Lee, His BC calculus teacher and he is going to help us do this and make it true. The first use of that money was supposed to go to buying hamburgers to homeless people around Boston, so maybe we could start with that. Roee wanted to change the world, that's what we are now going to do.

Roee was a wonderful son, great brother, kind grandson and beloved friend. We will all miss him greatly.

When we saw all the crowd today, we could not believe how many people knew him and wanted to pay their last respect to him.

There were so many people from the the community that came together today in honor of Roee. Relatives and friends, Young and old, American and Israelis, religious and non religious all sharing one common theme of how special a single individual can touch so many lives in his short seventeen years. It was heartwarming and sad at the same time.

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