Eliza Fletcher, 34, was kidnapped and murdered on September 2nd. Her funeral will be held on Saturday.
Eliza Fletcher’s funeral will be held Saturday at the Memphis church where she met and married her husband, the family said.
A beloved 34-year-old kindergarten teacher was kidnapped and murdered last week. She was kidnapped when she was running through Memphis at 4:30 am as usual. Her 38-year-old career criminal, Cleotha Abston, who served 20 years in prison for her kidnapping, has been charged with her murder.
On Thursday, the family confirmed details of her funeral.
Fletcher met her husband Richard at a church and married there in March 2014.
The pair became parents to what her obituary described as “two wild and fun boys, Richard James Fletcher IV and Harry Welford Fletcher.”
The obituary states: Together as a family, he enjoyed his outdoor adventures such as boating, water sports, hiking, running and biking. She was deeply admired by her family and friends for her passionate devotion to her motherhood.
Eliza Fletcher is seen with new husband Richard on their wedding day in March 2014.They met at the Second Presbyterian Church
Eliza Fletcher’s funeral will be held Saturday at Memphis’ Second Presbyterian Church (pictured) – where she met and married her husband Richard
Fletcher was pictured with her husband, Richie, and their two children.Her family described her as a ‘special’ woman who was taken away in ‘nonsensical’ ways
Her family also admired her strong faith.
“She lived a true Christian life, set an example, and believed in her unwavering faith,” they wrote.
“Liza was a light to all who knew her. To know her was to love her and be loved by her.
They noted the great interest in her story and her untimely death.
“Her influence is extraordinary, as seen in prayer groups, memorial gatherings in the homes of friends and family, church and school gatherings, and memorial runs and walks held in her honor. is,” they wrote.
Fletcher was last seen jogging in Memphis around 4:20 am on Friday (right).
In memory of Fletcher, a Facebook group was set up to coordinate Friday’s run
Filmed in 2000, Cleosa Abston was first arrested at age 11 and was in and out of juvenile court 16 times over a five-year period before kidnapping a lawyer.
Friday morning at 4:30 a.m., a group of women will run 8.2 miles (8.2 miles) in honor of the murdered jogger, explaining that the event ended her run.
“The outpouring of love and sadness would have surprised Liza, who never thought or acted like she was anything special, although she certainly was.”
The family asks that anyone wishing to donate donate to a fund set up in her memory at St. Mary’s Episcopal School where she taught or at a church that played a major role in her life. increase.
Memphis magazine said her wedding was the “wedding of the year.”
After the ceremony at the church, the pair held a reception at the Dixon Galleries and Gardens. A rustic woodland theme under a clear marquee lined with fairy lights.
Fletcher, whose grandfather founded the Memphis-based hardware retailer with $3.2 billion in revenue last year, wanted the wedding to reflect her outdoorsy personality.
Guests will enjoy a champagne and seafood bar, bluegrass musicians in the woods, and memphis It was published in a magazine as “Wonderland of flowers and ferns falling from the ceiling”.
Alabama-based artist Ronald Byens was commissioned to portray the events unfolding.
“There was no other wedding like this in Memphis,” said Russell and Lucy Events of the wedding planner team.
Cleosa Abston, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder of 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher and could face the death penalty.He has not yet filed a petition against the charges against him, but his public defender is considering a gag order.
Eliza Fletcher (pictured), 34, was kidnapped Friday after being forced into a black SUV. Cleosa Abston, 38, has been charged with kidnapping and she will be charged with murder after her body was found in the long grass of her abandoned home.
Abston appeared in court in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday and was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence, and the judge again denied him bail ahead of another hearing on Sept. 19. .
His public defender, Jennifer Case, initially claimed there was a conflict of interest in her representing him because her firm had worked with him on a previous criminal case in the early 2000s. .
However, the matter was dismissed, even though Judge Louis Montesi Jr. agreed to hear her argument regarding the gag order at a subsequent hearing.
Case argued that certain aspects of the case should not be made public after Memphis Police Chief CJ David called Abston a “dangerous predator”.
Tennessee is a state with the death penalty, and prosecutors on Thursday said they would not rule out the death penalty even if he was convicted.
Abston wore a prison-issued green uniform and mask and spoke only with his public defender during the brief hearing.