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Family remembers Miami University student killed in murder-suicide

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A family is trying to come to grips with the loss of this 21-year-old, after the tragedy at Miami University.

Rebecca C. Eldemire, 21, was a junior at Miami University and was killed in what police are calling a murder-suicide by her ex-boyfriend.

"I miss you so much sweetheart and I just want to hug you and hold you. Not only was she my daughter, she was my best friend," said Marlene Eldemire, Rebecca's mother.

Marlene said she was a geography major who was set to graduate in a year. She'd recently received an internship with Butler County Emergency Services, and simply had a passion for environmental science.

"Her love of life was the Earth and protecting it for generations to come," said Marlene Eldemire.

"She was just smart and brilliant, well beyond her years," said Rebecca's step dad Dean Congin.

Rebecca's older brother, Josh, said the two were inseparable when it came to fishing, hiking, taking care of animals and pretty much anything outdoors.

"I was always the shy one and she was always the outspoken one so she looked out for me. I just miss that partner I had," said Josh.

Family members said the legacy of this bright, passionate 21-year-old will live on. Her nickname since birth was Beeps. So now...The Betterment for Earth and Environmental Protection or BEEPS Foundation is in place and it's based on Rebecca's passion for sustainable living.

"We just want to keep her memory and passion alive," said Josh Eldemire.

As this family accepts the reality that their Rebecca is no longer around, mom said she has one more message for her angel in Heaven.

"I want there to be beautiful trees around you and lots of little animals and grandma and grandpa, and hopefully one day I will get to hug you again," said Marlene Eldemire.

Funeral Services for Rebecca will be Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the Weil Funeral Home. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Shiva will be observed Wednesday and Thursday evening 6-9 p.m. at the residence of Judy Rauchman & Stephan Wright.

Eldemire's family has created the Rebecca C. Eldemire BEEPS Foundation. The Betterment for Environmental and Earth Protection is a foundation based on Rebecca's passion for sustaining the plant. She was a double major in geography and geographic-information systems.

Contributions can be made at Chase Bank, 8605 S. Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH 45040. Checks to Rebecca C. Eldemire.

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