Families come together to remember loved ones lost to violent crimes

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Brittany Eldridge’s brother remembers his sister six years after her murder.

“She was the feeling that you get when get excited about something. She was the smile that brightened up the room.” he said. 

He and his mother, Robin Owens, still waiting for her accused killer to be convicted.

“We’ve been through two trials already,” said Owens. “Both ending in a hung jury, so, still no justice. We’re still waiting for justice and hope to get it one day.”

Sunday they stood with dozens of families who know the pain they feel too well. They came together for the Hope remembrance ceremony started by Joan Berry after her daughter Johnia Berry was murdered in 2004.

“I felt like I just needed someone to talk to,” said Berry. “I needed someone who understood what I was going through, our sadness and our frustrations and so I started hope for victims in 2005.”

Since the other families have become a part of this group that is fighting for new legislation. Tina Gregg’s daughter, Brooke Morris, was murdered in 2011. 

“We need tougher laws,” said Gregg. “we needs truth in sentencing passed. There are so many things that we need to get done, that we need to get accomplished, that only we can do if we have everybody’s help.”

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Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch also spoke at the Victims of Crimes ceremony in Nashville earlier today.

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