Remembering Franklin teen who died in weekend swimming accident

Jason Moran
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Friends, family and the community of Franklin will gather today to pay their last respects to a teenager who lost his life over the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Jason Moran was pulled from the Big Blue River Sunday, after trying to come to the rescue of another teenager.

A visitation will take place today and a service this evening for Moran. Meantime, students and the community in Franklin are coping the best way they can - trying to remain positive in an impossibly tragic situation.  Both Moran and 16-year-old Michael Chadborne were killed when they, along with three other teenagers, ran into trouble in a rain swollen Big Blue River over the weekend.

Since then, students have made every effort to remember their friends, like tying blue and white ribbons around town and gathering where they can talk about their feelings.  They've also been asking for prayers, especially for the young woman who remains hospitalized - 16-year old Sarah McLevish. When Sarah fell over the dam, both Moran and Chadborne were trying to help her. Two other teens survived the accident.

At Franklin College, the statue of Ben Franklin has been painted in the color of Franklin High School, with the football jersey numbers of Moran and Chadborne.

Officials at the high school says that although counselors have been available to students, so far, students haven't used them, opting instead to remain active and positive.

Today's visitation for Jason Moran is at 1:00 p.m. at the Franklin High School Gymnasium with a special service that gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

T-shirts are being sold to help the families with expenses.