Local musician writes memorial piece to honor Franklin teens

When a friend asked Matt Burmeister to write a song about the five Franklin teens who went over the dam in the Big Blue River this summer, he didn’t want to do it.

Burmeister, 40, who lives in Franklin and makes a living as a musician, didn’t know the teens or their families. He wasn’t sure how to write a song that properly remembered the two teens who died, the two who survived and the one who remains critically injured.

“That’s a hard thing to do,” Burmeister said. “Not only is it so personal to all of the people involved, but as a songwriter, how can you write something that would be able to cover all of the aspects?”

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