The University of Portland used its sports dome for the funeral of a freshman whose body was found in the Willamette River Oct. 20, two weeks after he went missing.

Police say they do not expect foul play in the death of Owen Klinger, whose disappearance caused a citywide search. His parents, Dustin and Mary Klinger of St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, spoke to reporters before the Mass that drew 1,800 mourners.

“We remember his kindness and empathy for others. We loved the way he gathered his friends together,” said Mary Klinger.

Authorities said they will release no more information in the death of Klinger, a graduate of Grant High School. “We don’t know how or why we lost our son and knowing won’t bring him back. All we know is that he was fiercely loved by all of us, and that we dearly miss him now,” Dustin Klinger told reporters.

Holy Cross Father John Donato, vice president for student affairs at the University of Portland, urged listeners to be honest with their prayers and to sustain hope. He preached on the Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus and put Jesus’ question to the mourners: Do you believe in the resurrection and the life?

“Let us put our hands in Jesus’ hands,” Father Donato said. “Let us look to our Lord and to our teacher, our life and our hope and squeeze tightly, especially when our hearts might want to sink. We need to hold tight and remain close to hear Jesus’ revelation: ‘I am the resurrection and the life!’”

Father Donato evoked the image of the Virgin Mary at the cross where her son has died.

“Our Lady and Mother stands with us today as we search for hope in our suffering,” the priest said. “It is into God’s hands that, with hope and love, we place Owen.”

In addition to his parents, Klinger leaves two siblings, Gabe and Frances.

The Klinger family has set up a scholarship at the University of Portland in Owen’s memory, saying they want to celebrate his generous heart and caring spirit: