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Family members of Teddy Foltz continue to honor and remember the 14-year-old boy murdered by his mother’s boyfriend.
On Sunday, the teen’s father dedicated a bench in his memory.
“I do not understand what can make someone to do that to a kid. That is why it is so important for me to fight, ” said Shawn Tedesco.
Seven months ago, Shawn Tedesco’s son Teddy was killed by the abuse he received from his mother’s boyfriend. Now, a lasting memory of his son will sit in Harding Park, where he and Teddy loved to come and play.
“When he was just a little kid, sliding down the slide and you know always had a smile on his face. And we just want to keep his memory alive, that is the biggest deal here,” said Shawn.
“Shawn has had to deal with a lot of his own personal demons through this and this is very important to him. He can give teddy what he wanted to give him. When he built the bench he put his heart and soul into it and his tears and blood,” said Rhianna Tedesco, Shawn’s wife.
The Tedesco’s said that the fight does not end with this bench, it is a much bigger battle they are fighting with. And, they said they will not stop until their voices are heard by lawmakers.
“We really, really want to protect children. There is too much in the news about other kids being abused. We want them to be safe and someone has to stand up and do something for them. I am not going to stop until it gets done,” said Shawn.
“There are too many in this area, and we need to speak up for them. Teddy might be the one dear to us but there is many kids. If you read the paper there are many in this area just recently,” said Rhianna.
The Tedesco’s said that they are starting petitions and will be talking with lawmakers in both Pennsylvania and Ohio to make sure the laws on child abuse are strengthened.