Knoxville murder victims' family holds teddy bear drive

Knoxville murder victims' family holds teddy bear drive to help others

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Brittany Eldridge's family is trying to keep the memory of unborn baby Zeke alive by having a teddy bear drive. Brittany Eldridge's family is trying to keep the memory of unborn baby Zeke alive by having a teddy bear drive.
Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook) Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook)
"It brings some joy to you knowing for one day you can help a kid have a little bit of joy around Christmas time," said Brittany's brother Jeff Sherwood. "It brings some joy to you knowing for one day you can help a kid have a little bit of joy around Christmas time," said Brittany's brother Jeff Sherwood.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Friday will mark two years since the murder of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn baby boy Zeke. An arrest still has not been made in the case, but family members of the victims are now coping with the pain by helping others.

The victims' family is trying to keep the memory of unborn baby Zeke alive by having a teddy bear drive. They hope to make the holidays a little brighter for the kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Jeff Sherwood says Brittany Eldridge was his sister and best friend. He says her smile was infectious.

"She loved to spread happiness. She brightened up the world," said Sherwood.

Brittany Eldridge and her unborn baby boy Zeke were murdered on December 13, 2011. It's been almost two years since their deaths, but for Brittany's brother, Jeff Sherwood, it feels like only yesterday.

"I can remember pulling up to the scene and trying everything I could to get into her apartment to help and it was already too late," said Sherwood.

Brittany Eldridge, 25, was just days away from giving birth to her son Zeke when they were killed.

"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not in pain. I wake up every day, and it's a struggle to get through, but I do the best I can, and what keeps me going is helping other people," said Sherwood.

To help others and to keep Brittany and Zeke's memories alive, Sherwood is collecting new teddy bears to give to the kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Last year, 300 teddy bears were donated and given out. Besides helping the children, the event also helps him deal with the pain of losing a loved one during the holidays.

"It brings some joy to you knowing for one day you can help a kid have a little bit of joy around Christmas time," said Sherwood.

Sherwood and his mother are collecting new teddy bears until Wednesday. There is no official drop off location. They are just taking calls and meeting people to collect the bears. To donate call Sherwood at (865) 548-1139.

The donated teddy bears will be delivered to patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital on Friday.

As for the murder investigation, KPD says they are still doing DNA testing. Some samples are being tested out of state.

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