Friends, co-workers raise money for murder victim’s family

All of the money raised at Saturday's fundraiser will go directly to Eldridge's family.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Loved ones gathered to remember the life of 25-year-old Renee Eldridge Saturday at a fundraiser to support her family.  Friends and former co-workers worked to put the event together for Eldridge’s family.

It was held at Acers Grill and Bar.  Eldridge worked there for a few months.  Employees said she was a regular and would come in multiple times a week once she stopped working there.

Employees say everyone at Acers is like a family.  Employee Candace Hudgens says they have been having a hard time dealing with this tragedy.

“The whole place was in tears.  You could feel like it was a family member that was taken away.  It wasn’t just some other person.  It was true care from everybody here,” Hudgens said.

They grilled barbeque and hamburgers at the event.  They are also selling raffle tickets throughout this week for items donated by local businesses.

The fundraiser lasts through midnight on Saturday.

Eldridge went missing on July Fourth from her Columbus home.  Her body was found a few days later in a creek in Valley, Alabama.  Authorities said she died of blunt force trauma to the head.  Police have not made any arrests.


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