Sister of fallen Marine wants violin back to play at funeral - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sister of fallen Marine wants beloved violin back to play at brother's funeral

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family preparing to bury a fallen Marine made a plea to the public after thieves robbed that Marine's sister of the instrument she would have played at her brother's funeral.

Anne Misener played her beloved violin at her mother's wedding five years ago.  She was hoping to play that same violin at her brother, Sgt. Garrett Misener's funeral.

"Without it, I can't do anything at the funeral because that was my voice," said Anne Misener.  "That's how I talk to people, I can't do that."

Sgt. Misener was killed when he stepped on an IED early Monday morning in Afghanistan.

Anne Misener's violin was stolen from her University of Memphis area apartment last Tuesday.  She said her mother has a violin, but she would not be able to play that violin well enough for the funeral.

"It's be like walking around with one leg and no arms trying to say, do it wonderful," she said.

Anne Misener is a violin performance major at the University of Memphis.  Her $8,000 violin is insured, but she said it was irreplaceable.  Anne Misener has played that violin for about seven years.

"I've just grown on it as a musician," said Anne Misener.  "It's bloomed itself, because it takes a while for the wood to resonate."

Misener said her violin had a unique look to it, as did the bow.

"Beautiful carbon fiber bow," she said.  "A purplish color, kind of sparkly."

Anne Misener said she wants her violin back so much, she and her family will not press charges if someone turns it in.  Police said victims can choose not to prosecute.

"I just want it back," she said.

Sgt. Garrett Misener's funeral will be held Monday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m. inside Bellevue Baptist Church.  His mother asked donations in her son's honor be made to the Gallaway Mission House.  She also said you can give new teddy bears and children's toys to LeBonheur Children's Hospital.  To learn more, click here.

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