Family of murdered pregnant woman talks about waiting for arrest

Family of murdered pregnant Knoxville woman talks about waiting for an arrest

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Exactly 11 months after a pregnant woman is murdered in Knoxville, her family is still waiting for an arrest.

But they said they're trying to make a difference during the frustrating wait.

Brittany Sherwood Eldridge, 25, was found dead in her apartment December 13, 2011. Her baby son, Zeke, was due three weeks after she was found dead.

"She always wanted to be a mother. That's one thing she wanted to do," said Robin Owens, Brittany's mother.

In the last 11 months, Owens said there have been so many reminders of Brittany and the baby.

"Reminders, clothing stores that carry baby items. I think Zeke would have been at least 10 months by now," Owens said. "I think of how wonderful of a mother Brittany would have been."

The killer is thought to be someone who knew Eldridge well. Police said they are waiting on forensic evidence, and that is why there's still no arrest.

"I spend a lot of time being depressed," Brittany's brother Jeffery Sherwood said. "It's really hard to deal with life sometimes. Just waiting and not knowing."

Brittany's mother and brother said they have channeled that energy into a mission for justice. It's clear from the bracelets, pins, and other trinkets they wear.

They have established the Brittany and Zeke Foundation to stop violence against pregnant women. They were at the YWCA on Tuesday to present a check to help their cause. They also dropped off a basket of necessities for the ladies.

"It's to help stop domestic violence so women can get away from abusive men," Owens said. "So they can raise their children in peace."

While helping people does ease their pain somewhat, they said an arrest would mean so much more.

"I'd like to see whoever is responsible for this pay for what they did," Sherwood said.

Brittany's mother still holds for the day someone is brought to justice.

"It will come together," Owens said. "We will make an arrest."

The Brittany and Zeke Foundation is constantly organizing events.

Right now, they are working on a Christmas teddy bear drive for children, in Baby Zeke's memory.

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