ORLANDO, Fla. - A portion of Silver Star Road was dedicated to slain Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton during a ceremony Monday morning on what would have been her 43rd birthday.
The stretch of road was named Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway.
"These are the streets she patrolled, the community she kept safe, not too far from where she lost her life," Orlando police Chief John Mina said. "Residents will see her name, and her memory will live on for all of us."
Beautiful poem written for Lt Deborah Clayton by her aunt. pic.twitter.com/WdpJqwv7fA— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) August 14, 2017
A road designation sign was placed at Princeton Street and North John Young Parkway.
Markeith Loyd is accused of fatally shooting Clayton at an Orlando Walmart at that intersection in January. He was arrested after a nine-day manhunt. His trial for that case hasn't been scheduled yet.
Loyd is also accused of fatally shooting Sade Dixon, his pregnant ex-girlfriend, in December. His trial in that case is scheduled to begin Sept. 11, 2018.
Unveiling of the "Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway" sign. pic.twitter.com/pFXV6xnHJO— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) August 14, 2017
"May this road be a dedication to forever honor the life you lived and sacrifices you made for our community," a former comrade said during Monday's ceremony.
Hours before Clayton's death, her nephew asked her if she was ever afraid on the job, her aunt said Monday.
"She said, 'When I took this job, I knew what this job entailed,'" Clayton's aunt said. "'If I'm killed today or tomorrow, I'm in God's hands. I know where I'm going.' She was fearless. And I'm so proud of her."
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