Knoxville mother and unborn son remembered on her birthday

Knoxville mother and unborn son remembered on her birthday

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A ceremonial balloon release gave loved ones a chance to write special messages to Brittany. A ceremonial balloon release gave loved ones a chance to write special messages to Brittany.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A murdered pregnant woman was remembered Sunday, more than one year after her death.

The day would have been Brittany Eldridge's 27th birthday. She was discovered dead in December 2011 in her Knoxville apartment, just weeks before she was expected to give birth to her first child, Zeke.  

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

"This is not exactly your typical place that you a celebrate a birthday. It's at a cemetery. It's kind of difficult, I didn't expect this a year ago," said Kimberly Cardwell, a family friend.  

Brittany Eldrige's birthday falls exactly one month after the one year anniversary of her murder.

"For me, it still feels so surreal. It doesn't feel like she's gone, even though it's been a year. I just have a hard time with it every day, thinking she's not here and is never going to be here," said Robin Owens, Brittany's mother.  

A ceremonial balloon release gave loved ones a chance to write special messages to Brittany.

One balloon said, "I miss you and love Aunt Brittany. Please let Zeke know I love him and happy birthday."

Brittany's family has created the Brittany and Zeke Foundation, a non-profit organization started after the murder.

For her birthday gift, her family established The Brittany and Zeke Soccer Scholarship fund to benefit UT's soccer program. Her family says Brittany loved to play soccer and enjoyed Krispy Kreme donuts. 

The Brittany and Zeke Foundation is selling Krispy Kreme certificates on its website to benefit The Brittany and Zeke Soccer Scholarship.

"She loved Krispy Kreme donuts. We'll be taking those proceeds that we get from the fundraiser and putting them toward the scholarship," said Owens.  

No arrests have been made in the case. Police say they are still waiting on forensic evidence.

Nobody will rest until the person responsible is arrested.

"If anybody has anything, if anybody has any information we're really just waiting on reports from Nashville to really get justice because you want to get this taken care of," said Allison Brockhoff, Brittany's friend.  

For the family, it continues to be a long journey to get justice for Brittany. Her family hopes that road will end soon.

"I'm tired of dealing with this everyday when I wake up. I'm tired of my family going through this hell, I just want it to end," said Jeff Sherwood, Brittany's brother.  

"We know justice is coming. We don't know when, but we know it will," said Owens.

 

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