Cleveland man murdered on his way to work Saturday morning triggers community meeting Wednesday

Cleveland Clinic to honor Halton's memory

CLEVELAND - Friends say 30-year-old Stephen Halton Junior was on top of the world. The husband and father just got a promotion at the Cleveland Clinic and just created a website for his church.

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night at 6 p.m. near where he was killed, on the 15300 block of Lake Shore Blvd.

A fund for the victim's family set up by a co-worker tells people Halton, who worked in anesthesiology, was paged to come into work Saturday morning to help with an emergency liver transplant case.

Walking to a bus stop near E. 152nd Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, seven miles away from the Clinic,  Halton was shot and killed just before 5 Saturday morning.

A source familiar with the case said robbery was the motive.

Police are looking for leads.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek is sick over the tragedy in his Ward 8 residential neighborhood.

Polensek is holding a community meeting Wednesday night at the B&M Barbecue across the street from where the shooting happened.

There are many comments on Stephen Halton''s Facebook Memorial page.

Marcus wrote, "Stephen was a model of enthusiasm, pride, and faith. His smile was infectious and diligence at his job unmatched. He will be greatly missed."

The Cleveland Clinic will honor Halton's memory by starting a trust fund for his children's college education.

The Cleveland Clinic just gave us this comment about Halton: “We are grieving the loss of our colleague and friend who was an enthusiastic and dedicated bright young man. Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family and friends during this tragic time.”

@sdhaltonjr had 10,000 twitter followers inspired by his daily spiritual quotes.

A celebration of Halton's life will be held Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Temple of Praise, 2607 Archwood Avenue, Parma. 

Halton's funeral services are at the Pentecostal Church of Christ, E. 105th Street and Chester Avenue, Cleveland at 9 a.m. The burial will be at 10 a.m. (Saturday's services were moved here from the Bethlehem Temple of Praise because of the large volume of people expected to attend.)

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