STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Friends and family of a teenager who was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend gathered Saturday to make sure his story is not forgotten.
Struthers teen Teddy Foltz died just over a year ago, less than a week after being beaten by Zaryl Bush.
Saturday’s vigil commemorated the one year anniversary of his death.
His family said they are making sure his memory lives on through projects they hope will make things safer for kids. Those things include Teddy’s Law: A bill to help prevent kids being taken out of school to cover up abuse.
“It passes on his legacy. With all the stuff that we’re fighting for with Teddy’s law and other various things we’re doing to stop child abuse in Trumbull and Mahoning County. I think it brings his name on in a positive light,” said Teddy’s father, Shawn Tedesco.
Zaryl Bush was sentenced to life in prison for Teddy’s murder. He will be eligible for parole in 33 years.
Foltz’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangering and obstructing justice.