Orlando, FL. - Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton's memorial was vandalized just a day after her killer made his first court appearance. The SUV has been parked in memoriam outside of police headquarters since the slaying on January 9th, 2017.
Police officials are hoping the act was caught on surveillance. An investigation is underway.
Lt. Debra Clayton was gunned down outside of a Walmart earlier this month and Markeith Loyd has been arrested as the primary suspect in the murder. Loyd was captured after a week-long manhunt that lead police to an abandoned house not far from where he gunned down Lt. Clayton. Loyd was found with multiple firearms, body armor and ammo. Three people were arrested in connection to aiding him while he was on the run, including a former employer and his niece. Now, just a day after his first court appearance, which included a profanity-laced rant from Loyd, where he told the judge, "F**k you!" Lt. Debra Clayton's car has been vandalized.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, her patrol vehicle was parked outside Police Headquarters at 100 South Hughey Avenue when it was vandalized. Many people stopped by the location to pay their respects, dropping off flowers, pictures and keepsakes. The vehicle was defaced with blue ink with ramblings including, "Tax Payer," "Protect & Serve The Public," "Angela Madison is the best," "Love you" "Rapest"[sic] and "Kansas."
OPD spokeswoman Sgt. Wanda Miglio said that a bouquet of flowers and wooden angel wings rested on the top of the patrol vehicle before the vandalism. "We are checking the cameras and looking for a suspect," Sgt. Miglio said. They are hoping that the act was caught on surveillance on or near the department and bringing those responsible to justice.
Chief Mina made a statement after the vandalism. "I'm deeply saddened that someone would vandalize Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle," he said. "However, I'm comforted knowing the vast majority of this community loves and respects the Orlando Police Department, and the actions of one pathetic person do not reflect the feelings of this warm-hearted community."
Lt. Clayton was a 17-year veteran of the department, a wife and a mother of two. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Clayton family both blood and blue during this very difficult season. How does this blatant disrespect of a fallen hero make you feel? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.