Keoshia Ford’s Family Is In Need of Help


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)-  Just days ago we reported on a Chattanooga teen who lost her 4 year battle to live. Little Keoshia Ford died just a few days ago in her sleep, but now the family is facing yet another dilemma.

The Ford family has already been through what most people can never relate too, but now the family is facing another problem, they need help with burial expenses.

After being confined to her bed for the past the four years the Ford family has seen their fair share of trouble.

Keoshia Ford was a victim in a 2012 gang shooting that left her bedridden requiring 24-hour care.

Yet, this past week KeKe lost her long battle.

” I was woken up by her nurse , she had woken me up about 5 o’clock in the morning and told me come here and I went back there and she was back there doing CPR on Keoshia and we called the paramedics by the time she was doing CPR. About the time they got here she was already gone,” said Lakeshia Matthews, who is Keoshia’s mother.

Now the family faces the overwhelming costs of holding a funeral, a burden they just can’t afford to do alone.

“Fundraisers coming up this weekend and also we doing shirts for her and we got like two GoFundMe pages going for her,” said Lakeshia Matthews.

John P. Franklin is the home that was chosen to bury Keke and with the money she hopes that she can finally put her daughter to rest… have her smile brighten up her memories of the times they shared.

“That smile and just laughing she just loved hugging people she just a fun child,” said Paulette Landrem.

“Just her smiling… and just her smile just glows just like a star,”said Matthews.

“I just want the city to help Keshia… like she need help. Like I know there is help out here, but you know a lot of people don’t like to help people she in need of help, cuz Keoshia just a child. Put yourself in Keshia’s place… you’ll want somebody to help you,” said Landrem.

This weekend their will be a fundraiser to help the Ford Family bury Keoshia.


The fundraiser will be held Sunday through Tuesday at

3605 Brainerd Rd

Chattanooga, TN. 37411

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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