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Family of slain Cleveland Clinic worker trying to crack 7-year-old case

Stephen Halton Jr. was gunned down on way to work
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Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 23:34:47-05

CLEVELAND — The family of a Cleveland man killed on his way to work is making another plea to the public.

Stephen Halton Jr.'s homicide remains a mystery seven years after he was found dead at a bus stop.

“He was supposed to be at work around 6 o’clock, and so he left to take the bus that morning. His body was found at the bus stop,” said Tanesha Moss, Stephen Halton Jr.’s sister.

The anesthesia tech at the Cleveland Clinic was gunned down at an RTA stop near Lakeshore and Grovewood on January 11, 2014.

“It’s a day your life changed for the worse and there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Moss.

Moss said the 30-year-old father of two died from a single gunshot wound.

“What happened that day? Why did you do what you did,” asked Moss.

They're just some of the questions Halton's family still finds themselves asking all these years later.

“It’s very frustrating to know that your answers lie in the hands of someone who didn’t even know him alive,” said Moss.

With no suspects identified, Cleveland Police, along with Crimestoppers, are still encouraging the community to send in tips.

“I’m frustrated to again come to another year and not have answers,” said Moss, who added that there's also growing frustration as their lives continue without Stephen.

Since his violent death, Moss has gotten married and become a mom.

“My brother was never able to be an uncle because someone stole his life away,” said Moss.

Halton's children, now 12 and 10, always have questions for their aunt.

"They'll ask all the time, 'Did dad do this? Did dad do that? How was he with this?'” said Moss.

Moss said the heartbreaking reality of life with their father is fleeting.

"That knowledge that was ever-so-present for them seven years ago is becoming such a distant memory,” said Moss.

While Stephen's killer or killers remain free, his family is doubling down on efforts, despite this lengthy delay.

“You will every year see our family, you will see us represented, you will see his name. We are not going anywhere, and we’re going to get justice in the end,” said Moss.

The FBI and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office chipped in to help boost the reward for information in Stephen Halton Junior's case.

Crimestoppers is now offering $20,000 to anyone who provides details that lead to an arrest in this case.