CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – It’s been a decade since Stephen Halton Jr. was shot and killed while waiting at a bus stop near Lakeshore Boulevard and Grovewood Avenue in Cleveland. The 30-year-old was on his way to assist an organ transplant team for his job at Cleveland Clinic, leaving behind a wife, children, and grieving family.
To this day, the case remains unsolved, leaving the Halton family searching for answers and justice. Special Agent Lindsay Mussell of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) described the case as very active, working diligently to piece together information and evidence, hopeful that the passage of time has not been detrimental to the investigation.
Stephen was described as a devoted family man, dedicated to his church, and skilled in technology and design. His loved ones, especially his children, have missed out on countless milestones without him. His sister, Tanesha Moss, tearfully recounts the moments he should have been there for his children’s graduations, weddings, and other special occasions.
His mother, Sheila Halton, reflects on the pain of that fateful day, stating that no matter the reason behind the tragedy, it was not in any way Stephen’s fault. His father, Stephen Halton Sr., recalls their shared moments at work, where Stephen would playfully question his presence when called to the operating room.
Cleveland Police referred the case to Ohio BCI’s cold case unit in hopes of finding new leads. The family has also sought the public’s help, urging anyone with information to come forward. A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to a resolution in the case.
As they continue to wait for answers, Stephen’s family holds onto hope that justice will be served and that the person responsible for his death will be brought to account. The pain of their loss still lingers, but they remain determined to seek closure in their quest for truth and resolution.
If you have any information in Stephen Halton Jr.’s homicide, call Ohio BCI or Crime Stoppers with anonymous tips at 216-252-7463.