Man Murdered on Way to Help with Liver Transplant

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- His life was taken while going to work to save another's.

A Cleveland Clinic worker was shot to death during what police believe was a robbery Saturday.

Loved ones of Stephen Halton Jr., 30, leaned on each other this week as they tried to make sense of his senseless murder. He leaves behind two small children.

"His smile would light up the room. His smile would make people just so happy, and he wanted to help everybody he could," said his sister Tanesha Halton.

Halton was an anesthesia tech at the Cleveland Clinic and had been called into work to help with an emergency liver transplant.

"He was actually going to work to save someone else's life for a liver transplant team that he's part of," said his mother, Sheila Halton.

Cleveland police say just before 5 a.m. Saturday, he was walking to the bus stop when someone shot him to death in the 15300 block of Lakeshore Boulevard.

"It's just a senseless, violent crime and we've gotta find out, we've gotta do our best to find out who are the thugs, the predators that did this to him," said Cleveland city Councilman Mike Polensek.

"They took somebody's life away that had two small children, a five-year-old and three-year-old, a daughter that will never know her father, a son will never know much about his dad. Five years, they'll never understand the man that he was, they'll never understand how awesome he was," said Tanesha.

Stephen's family describes him as a "mama's boy" who wanted to be just like his father, who retired from the clinic and is currently the bishop at Bethlehem Temple of Praise on Cleveland's west side.

That's where Stephen ran the sound system and operated the website.

The clinic released a statement which reads:

"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."

"He lived a great life, I mean, he was on the up and up, never made it to a promotion." said his father, Stephen Halton, Sr.

"I know he's in heaven. I know he lived his life to be there, so that gives me peace to know where he's at, but it still hurts," said Stephen's mother.

A community meeting was scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the party center at the B&M Barbeque at East 152nd Street and Lakeshore Boulevard.

A vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the 15300 block of Lakeshore Boulevard, the place where Halton was killed.

A fund to help his family has been set up. Donations can be made at any Charter One Bank to the Stephen Douglas Halton, Jr. Benefit Fund.

The Cleveland Clinic plans to establish a fund for his family as well.

34 comments

  • tanisha

    Awful. These black thugs kill someone who was educated, worked and had a mom and dad and was just starting to live and these ghetti for life thugs kill him senseless.

    • Melissa from Alabama

      Tanisha just wondering why u would have knowledge of or to assume this murder was of black race??? Because I have read the story article 3 times to b certain but no where in the article does it say the suspect or suspects were of black race?? Just thinln & wondering what u no, if anything?? I am just hopin that if perhaps u did no or hear sumthing that ur conscious would speak ….and do the rite thing so that this family gets sum closure. My heart just aches for those precious children ….without a loving caring father there to mark milestones of memories shared by such a sweet family….cut short,robbed of those memories! Perhaps uno nothing& i apologize for this in advance if i have offended u as it wasn’t my intention. Just wondering ??

      • tanisha

        Listen to the news and its always the same group of black thugs, in canton a pizza delivery driveris raped by a group of black thugs they were on TV this morning what is wrong is these children are born into families n raised in such bad ghetto areas that there’s no chance for them they’re raised with 8 or 10 kids usually raised by a grandma with baby daddy and someone to help these kids there should be a place for these kids to go we didn’t ask to be born its so deeply sad that another man a man who worked and supporting his family has to be killed and hese people have no conscience that’s what I’m talking about innocent people being killed!!!!

  • mark

    This makes me so angry! What kind of world are we living in When these people take a life just to Rob! My heart goes out to his family!

  • Diane

    My deepest and sincere condolences goes out to the entire Halton family
    and God Bless this wonderful family. I worked w/ this young man father
    @ the clinic back in the 90’s and his grandfather officiated over my father’s funeral in 1982.My heart is so heavy its like I can’t hardly contain
    myself, i’m just hurt and sadden over this senseless murder of a decent and loving young man who was making something of himself he was nothing like the diabolical thug that took his life.
    They will catch this diabolical thug and it won’t be long and they should not even have a trial just execute him immediately why waste time and money on this thug.

  • kathie

    This makes me SO angry! A young man with a great future ahead of him gunned down…..for what?!

    My heart breaks for his family.

  • Joe Code stud

    All the local media has been reporting on this story since it happened. Fox8 finally found the time today to write about it.

  • Marquisha

    I hope that the Cleveland Police department has finally opened up an investigation into this horrific crime. It’s time for a change CLEVELAND! Criminals need to get a life, a job and start working for theirs instead of stealing, witnesses need to start telling what they saw instead of being scared to snitch, and the police need to start catching these criminals and making it safe to walk down the street again.

  • Barbara AndErnie Snell

    I WAS BORN ON THE EAST SIDE OF CLEVELAND LIVED IN PARMA GROWING UP NOW IN TENNESSEE ALMOST 9 YRS I JUST CANT BELIEVE THE STORY I KEEP READING OF HOW PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED THERE THIS IS BAD THIS MAN SO YOUNG AND TRYING TO GET A BUS TO HELP SAVE A LIFE GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IAM SURE YOU MADE IT TO SEE GOD AND IN HIS ARMS NOW HOPE YOU MEET MY HUSBAND HE PASSED OF LUNG CANCER 2012 PLEASE FAMILY KNOW I WILL PRAY FOR HIM AND ALL OF YOU WHO LOVED HIM THANK YOU

  • nikki williams

    I can relate to this mothers pain my heart goes out to you and your family,i also had to deal with the lost of my son father he was gunned down in East Cleveland while my son was at a very young age and he had just had a little girl who was 3months old I will keep you and your family in my prayers

  • Felecia

    A month or so ago a young man in his lays teens mid 20 robbed my sister a the bus stop. As he was leaving he shoot in the aid, he was driving a gold nice Cadillac he’s short brown skin and had a lady and baby in the car……..

  • Melissa from Alabama

    I apologize if my comment earlier regarding Tanisha comment….I hope this person I questioned concerning her comment isn’t the same Tanisha as this young man’s who was shot-sister?? If so, ohhh I am deeply regretful for the comment I made I was merely curious. However I do hope that those responsible for this disgusting injustice r brought to justice& may that or those individuals b punished to the max for this kind of behavior!! Shame on those responsible!!

  • Byrdee

    Probably the same 5/6 thugs that threw a BIG chunk of asphalt at my car while i was driving dwn MLK to go to work at UH. The police said they were probably attempting to rob me and that was their way of trying to get me to sstop and get out. Pretty sad you cant even go to work now a days.

  • Pamela Ivey-Sims

    My heart goes out to Stephen’s wife and kids, I worked with Stephen at the Cleveland Clinic, He was a very caring person.

  • Marci Richardson

    Senseless murder. I hope they catch the person(s) responsible for this horrific crime and they suffer the consequences of their actions. My condolences to the family and friends of Stephen. May they find peace in their hearts from the memories cherish.

  • Tanesha

    My Heart HURTS so bad for his family my husband was murdered in July right around the corner from where this man was taken away from his family we have 5 little girls and I don’t think I’ll ever understand WHY…I PRAY EVERDAY THAT THEY FIND WHO’S RESPONSIBLE AND NOTHING IS HAPPENING MORE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THAT WARD ARE BEING KILLED AND POLINSKI IS NOT DOING ANYTHING THE POLICE THE FBI NOBODY….. LORD PLEASE HELP

  • Yvonne Dinkins

    My prayers go out to this family. We all can speculate who may have done this. However the problem is not about the color or neighborhood someone grew up in, nit who they were raised by. The issue that should be focused on is that a man lost his life. 2 children have lost their father. Their are parents grieving the lost of their son. A sister mourns because her brother was taken from her. Don’t be so caught up in the color but the fact that life was taken from someone who lived an honest life.

  • Brittany

    I didn’t know him or his family but im so saddened by this its so sad he had to go like this to his wife ill be praying for you and your children because im a wife and I couldn’t imagine your pain but god has him now and u know he’s safe now Rip Stephen

  • Donna

    I AM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED WITH HOW THE WORLD IS TODAY! This young man and I have a couple of things in common; same age, and worked at the same hospital! We both also shared the compassion to work in the field of medicine to make people better everyday! To see this kind of sh*t happen makes me so angry and disgusted with how people treat other people these days! His death has hit me hard and I pray pray and pray for more peace and more love in this world. To Stephen’s family, may GOD give you the strength and the courage to stay strong through this tough time of grief and sorrow. To Stephen: RIP forever, God takes the good ones early!

  • Bernadette Vauters

    My deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones, as you grieve the lost of a truly remarkable young man.He is In God’s hands, Stephen, R.I.P.;

  • darren

    My condolences to the family he is my wife cousin and and this loss has touched us all look to the lord for he is the only peace we can get in the world

  • Marlysa

    That was My Brother in-law and I could make it hell for the thuggs that did this to him and made my sister go through all this pain , it breaks my heart to see my sister hurt , it breaks my heart to see his family go through all this pain , but steve you Made it you won not them thuggs you did . R.I.P.

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