Drew Needham, who lived with Rane during their sophomore and junior years in College Park, said he wished his friend could have seen the number of people who came out Saturday to say their final goodbyes.

"I cannot think of a single instance of him turning someone away," Needham said. "He touched so many lives because he never held back."

Rane, a "class clown," always tried to keep others amused, his friends said. Even down to his favorite color — brown — Rane was trying to make people smile, they said.

"I'm pretty sure he picked that because it entertained other people," Santori said. Rane was the person she turned to when she was down, she said, and he always picked her up.

People could be themselves around Rane, Needham said, without worrying that he would criticize them. He was someone to "be nerdy" with — play video and strategy games, listen to Irish pub music and discuss social justice, he said.

"He taught me to be not judgmental," Jack Santori, Jeanette's father, said from the lectern at the service, describing Rane as mature beyond his years.

A classmate and co-worker of Rane's from a video game store, a high school friend and a cousin also shared memories before the tearful group.

"There were so many things he wanted to try" in his life — learning languages, traveling, teaching and writing, Jeanette Santori said after the service.

Rane's mother, Karen Rane, and stepfather, Gerald Brust, both work in the University of Maryland entomology department. Rane is also survived by his father, Stanley Rane, and stepmother, Teresa Pena, of Glen Mills, Pa.; two sisters; and his grandmothers, according to the funeral home.

Rane was buried after the ceremony at Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer.

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