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.