Mother of murdered woman raises awareness about violence

Mother of murdered pregnant woman raises awareness about domestic violence

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About two dozen people took part in a walk Sunday to raise awareness about domestic violence. About two dozen people took part in a walk Sunday to raise awareness about domestic violence.
Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son Zeke were brutally murdered in December 2011. No arrests have yet been made. Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son Zeke were brutally murdered in December 2011. No arrests have yet been made.
"Brittany would be very proud of all the support being shown to her and I think she would be really happy," said Robin Owens, Brittany's mother. "Brittany would be very proud of all the support being shown to her and I think she would be really happy," said Robin Owens, Brittany's mother.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE)  - The lives of a young mother and her unborn child were honored Sunday by their friends and relatives.

The remembrance was also used to raise awareness about abuse against pregnant women.

Brittany Eldridge was found dead in her apartment in December of 2011. She was eight-and-half months pregnant and soon expected to give birth to her first child Zeke.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A surprising statistic shows that one in four women across the United States will be impacted by domestic violence. That's according to officials with YWCA.

Because of that, family members of this murdered young woman want to make sure the health of both the mother and baby in an abusive environment are protected.

The memory of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn baby lives on.

"I have shed a lot of tears today," said her mother, Robin Owens.

Nearly two dozen people filled the streets of downtown Knoxville on a mission for justice. They walked to end violence against pregnant women.

"I always tell myself I'm going to be really strong and I try to be but the tears still come because it still feels like a nightmare," said Owens.

"She was really happy, a very sweet girl. Ready to be a mom, really ecstatic about becoming a mom and then somebody took that away from her," added Owens.

That's why her family is stepping up to be the voice of other women who may be hurting.

"When a victim is pregnant they won't seek early and continuous medical care because of their embarrassment," said Marigail Mullin CEO of the Knoxville YWCA.

Which can cause the baby to be born with anemia, under birth weight, as well as other problems according to Mullin.

"It's very important to get help and not think that it's going to get better on its own," said Mullin.

When it comes to Eldridge's case no arrests have been made yet nearly two years later. Her family is confident they'll find justice one day but until then they're finding joy by helping others.

"Brittany would be very proud of all the support being shown to her and I think she would be really happy," said Owens.

Investigators are relying on DNA results of those who were at the scene the day Eldridge was found, that way they can narrow in on a suspect.

If you're a victim of domestic violence there's a 24-hour hotline you can call for help: (865) 521-6336.

You can also visit the YWCA website to learn about programs available there.

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