Knoxville mother and unborn son remembered in memorial

Knoxville mother and unborn son remembered in memorial

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A memorial service, organized by friends and family, was held for Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son, Zeke, Thursday afternoon. A memorial service, organized by friends and family, was held for Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son, Zeke, Thursday afternoon.
"I told myself I wasn't going to cry, here I am doing it anyway," said Brittany's mother, Robin Owens. "It's hard to be strong, but it makes it easier when you have family and friends by your side." "I told myself I wasn't going to cry, here I am doing it anyway," said Brittany's mother, Robin Owens. "It's hard to be strong, but it makes it easier when you have family and friends by your side."
"We wanted to bring everybody together just to have the love, comfort around us," said Brittany's brother Jeff Sherwood. "It's a very challenging time for us right now. We just want to let everyone know we appreciate them." "We wanted to bring everybody together just to have the love, comfort around us," said Brittany's brother Jeff Sherwood. "It's a very challenging time for us right now. We just want to let everyone know we appreciate them."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Thursday marked one year since a pregnant woman was found murdered in her Knoxville apartment.

A memorial service, organized by friends and family, was held for Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son, Zeke, Thursday afternoon.

The 25-year-old was found dead in her apartment on Dec. 13, 2011. Her son would have been born three weeks later.

No arrests have been made in her murder.

A small crowd gathered at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Alcoa to remember Brittany and Zeke.

Robin Owens, Brittany's mother, says this past year has been a blur. She spoke at the memorial.

"I told myself I wasn't going to cry, here I am doing it anyway," said Owens. "It's hard to be strong, but it makes it easier when you have family and friends by your side."

Owens says she doesn't understand why her daughter and grandson were taken. She says it is hard not having her daughter with her anymore.

"We just miss her smile, miss her laughter, miss her sense of humor, and good times," said Owens. "Our family has felt like it's lost its joy."

"We wanted to bring everybody together just to have the love, comfort around us," said Brittany's brother Jeff Sherwood. "It's a very challenging time for us right now. We just want to let everyone know we appreciate them."

One of the most difficult parts of the day is knowing the person who took both of their lives is still out there. They say they will not rest until the person responsible is arrested, and placed a photo on their grave that says "We want justice."

"She was a joy to our family," said Owens. "She was so excited about having her baby, Zeke. I know she can't have him here on Earth. She sure has him in heaven."

Brittany's family has created the Brittany and Zeke Foundation.

In the past few weeks, they have been collecting teddy bears in their memory to give to patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. They collected almost 100 teddy bears and donated them to the hospital Thursday.

The investigation into Brittany and Zeke's murder is still ongoing.

Back in November, lab results from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were completed and sent to the Knoxville Police Department.

Investigators say there is an additional lab that has results they are waiting for.

"It's a very active investigation," said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk. "It has been since it occurred a year ago. We have investigators who have spend a lot of time on this case. There has been a tremendous amount of evidence that had to be processed and at this point we are still waiting for some of that evidence."

A charity concert is being held Friday and Saturday to benefit the Brittany and Zeke foundation.

The two-night concert called "A Beary Metal Rockin' Christmas", is being held at the American Legion Hall Post 13 in Maryville starting at 8 p.m. both nights.

The show is only for children 13 and up.

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