Family brings cheer to children in honor of murdered loved ones

Knoxville family brings cheer to children in honor of murdered loved ones

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Brittany Eldridge's family has been collecting teddy bears in baby Zeke's memory. Friday they brought those stuffed animals to kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Brittany Eldridge's family has been collecting teddy bears in baby Zeke's memory. Friday they brought those stuffed animals to kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
"How does it change just going to the doctor and getting something like this? It makes it better," answered 7-year-old Camren Jones. "How does it change just going to the doctor and getting something like this? It makes it better," answered 7-year-old Camren Jones.
More than 100 teddy bears were donated and given out. The family still has more to collect and plans to give the additional stuffed animals to the children in a few months. More than 100 teddy bears were donated and given out. The family still has more to collect and plans to give the additional stuffed animals to the children in a few months.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - December 13, 2013 marked two years since the murder of a pregnant Knoxville woman and her unborn son. Family members continue to keep their memories alive by offering comfort to others.

Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son Zeke were killed in 2011. Eldridge, who was eight months pregnant, was found dead inside her Knoxville apartment. The murder remains unsolved. Now loved ones are giving to others to remember those they lost.

Brittany's family says the holidays have been very hard for them since the murders. They try to cope with the pain by helping bring happiness to others. They've been collecting teddy bears in baby Zeke's memory. Friday they brought those stuffed animals to kids at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Seven-year-old Camren Jones was waiting with her mom to see the doctor at East Tennessee Children's Hospital when she was given a surprise gift of a teddy bear.

"How does it change just going to the doctor and getting something like this? It makes it better," answered Camren.

Jeff Sherwood says giving out the stuffed animals helps him cope with the pain of losing his sister and unborn nephew.

"When you see that smile on their face it just brings you a warm feeling to know you can make their day a little brighter," said Sherwood.

Brittany Eldridge, 25, was just days away from giving birth to her son Zeke when they were murdered. Robin Owens says giving out teddy bears is the perfect way to keep her daughter and unborn grandson's memories alive.

"She had a beautiful smile that would light up the world. She had a really warm heart genuine care for others especially children," said Owens.

Owens wants people hurting over the holidays to know that helping others can ease the pain.

"Just know that you can turn tragedy into joy and that you can help others through your own grief," said Owens.

Sherwood hopes people cherish the holidays spent with their loved ones.

"It's not about the gifts that you give someone, it's about love and family and happiness so that's what I would want everybody to remember," said Sherwood.

More than 100 teddy bears were donated and given out. The family still has more to collect and plans to give the additional stuffed animals to the children in a few months.

The family is having a "Light-Up the Sky Memorial" for Brittany and baby Zeke Friday night at 7 p.m. at Volunteer Landing. The public is welcome to attend.

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