Franklin comes together to ‘paint the town blue’

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (June 8, 2014) — An already close-knit community is even closer, as they cope with tragedy..

Those in the community of Franklin, Ind., as well as students and staff of the high school, came together to paint the town blue. It comes after the body of Jason Moran, 17, was found Sunday at a dam in the Big Blue River.

The group met outside Franklin Community High School to figure out their path around town. The school’s colors are blue and white, so they figured it was fitting to tie blue ribbons just about everywhere. It’s to remember Moran.

“I just know Jason would want this to be done. He was a loving kid and everyone loved him and we don’t want people to just forget about him,” said friend Grace Kinsey.

Kinsey, just like the others, are hurting, but are taking the pain of this tragedy and transforming it in to something good with the blue ribbons.

“Very, very tragic for his family, more than anything else,” Kinsey said. “And also just hope for his family so they know that we’re here for them.”

Moran was with friends Sarah Mclevish, Michael Chadbourne, Trent Crabb and Mark Nally swimming in the Big Blue River late last week. The Department of Natural Resources says Mclevish was swept over the dam and was confined to raging water. Friends went in after her, and they too got caught in the water. Crabb and Nally managed to swim ashore, Mclevish and Chadbourne were pulled from the water unconscious after a period of time and CPR was done to save them. Moran was lost, until Sunday morning when he was found dead.

A.J. Barr knows all of them, but says Moran was about to be part of his family through a marriage.

“Him getting ready to become part of the family, it’s even harder,” Barr said.

But, A.J. says the support and prayers from everyone is comforting. It’s just how Franklin is.

“Everyone’s here for each other, and I think Jason would really appreciate the love and support. Just the well-being of the community,” Barr said.

There was also counseling available at the school, Sunday, for anyone who needed it.