Over 100 attend vigil held for officers killed in line of duty

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, Deputy Norman Lewis killed

ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 100 people turned out to honor the lives of two law enforcement officers who lost their lives Monday while trying to apprehend a man who is wanted for murder.

Orlando police investigators said Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot and killed by Markeith Loyd, a man wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy Norman Lewis was killed in a motorcycle accident while en route to Clayton's shooting.

Tuesday night, barricades were set up in the parking lot of the Walmart where Clayton was killed, and a candlelight vigil was held.

"When we stop protecting these killers, and we start seeing something and saying something, it won't be you burying your mama tomorrow. It won't be you burying your daughter tomorrow. It won't be you burying your son tomorrow," Orlando City Commissioner Reginna Hill said. "We will be taking our streets back by force."

City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and County Commissioner Victoria Siplin also spoke about Clayton's and Lewis' big hearts and dedication to protecting the community.

Clayton's son also spoke about his mother's passion for her work.

"I was just talking to her, and she said if she runs into anybody, they were going to have to kill her," Johnny Brinson said.
"I told her to stop talking like that, but she loved the people, and she loved saving people, and she gave her life."

After two days of exhaustive searches, many called for Loyd to turn himself in.

"Turn him in! Turn him in!" Hill said. "If you are harboring Markeith Loyd, you're just as guilty."

If you have information that could help track down Loyd, you're asked to call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS.


Authorities said if you see Loyd, you should call 911 immediately, as he's considered armed and dangerous.

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Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013. He is one of the station’s lead reporters. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.