Two years later: Family continues to pray for answers in murder of Cleveland Clinic employee

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CLEVELAND - Nearly two years of grieving, nearly two years searching for justice.

The family of a man whose life was taken while he was on his way to save another, holds out hope that his murder will be solved.

There is a $20,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest in the case of Cleveland Clinic employee Stephen Halton Junior. His family hopes to mark the two year anniversary of his death with a prayer vigil, praying that the person who murdered him is caught.

"He took me to Chuck E. Cheese," recalled Halton’s now five-year-old daughter Sarina.

She and her seven-year-old brother, Skyler, have fond memories of their dad, tea parties, putting together puzzles and playing video games.

"My kids still have to grow up without their father and knowing that somebody's just on the street, living like they done nothing wrong, we want to get them off the street," said Halton’s wife, Shareese.

It was around 4:30 a.m., January 11, 2014 as Halton was waiting for the bus on Lakeshore Boulevard. The 30-year-old anesthesia technician was on his way to the Cleveland Clinic to help with a liver transplant when someone robbed and shot him to death.

"You may not have known him, it was just an incident that happened, it was just another life to you, but to us it was our loved one, and we call him our prince, it was our prince you took from us," said his mother Sheila Halton.

"I believe that this is going to be a year that someone is actually going to talk and going to help us get some justice and we feel that prayer changes things," said Stephen Halton, Sr.

5:00 p.m.  Sunday evening, the Halton family is holding a prayer service at their church, Bethlehem Temple of Praise at 2607 Archwood Avenue on Cleveland's west side, joined by local pastors and the entire community.

"We are truly believing that it is our time and this year, we just wanted to go before God in prayer that we will get justice for what was needed in our family," said sister Tanesha Halton.

Over the past two years, the community has held rallies for the family. The intersection where Halton was killed has been named in his honor. The family says they appreciate the support, but say they won't rest easy until the killer pays for the crime.

"With God anything is possible and we can come out of this, and as a family we can be strong," said his wife.

"You've taken a life, the life of my grandchildren's father, the life of our son, my daughter's brother and his wife," said Halton’s mother.

"This person is walking the streets right now and I believe someone knows exactly who this person is and what they did," said his father.

Cleveland police tell Fox 8 there are no new leads in the case.

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