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Slain Centennial High Grad 'Took Life the Right Way'

Reports of Stephen Alex Rane paint the picture of a gregarious, inquisitive young man with a kind streak.

The 22-year-old Centennial High School graduate who was shot and killed last week in College Park was an extrovert who “wasn’t afraid to raise his hand,” the University of Maryland student newspaper, the Diamondback, reported. 

Stephen Alex Rane was a senior at the University of Maryland, where he studied English and linguistics. Police say he was shot and killed by his roommate, 23-year-old Dayvone Maurice Green, last week.  

According to his obituary, Rane was born in Lafayette, Ind. in 1990. He transferred to Centennial High School his junior year, according to the Diamondback and then went on to the University of Maryland College Park.

“He wasn’t afraid to raise his hand,” a program director who worked with Rane told the Diamondback. “He was an extroverted kind of kid, but he never talked for the sake of talking – he said something because it was thoughtful, intelligent, to the point.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, Rane had expressed concerns to a friend about living with Green, given his reported mental illness and gun ownership.

However, Rane was known not for his doubts, but for his affirmation of life. "He could always cheer you up, no matter how late it was,” Megan Matthews, a senior at UM, told the Diamondback.

“He took life the right way. He was there for everybody.”

Read the full profile in the Diamondback.

See related Patch coverage:

Victim in College Park Shooting Attended Ellicott City School

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