An Orlando police officer killed in the line of duty is to be honored by her church with a youth center dedicated to her memory.
Debra Clayton was confronting a murder suspect in an Orlando Walmart when she was shot and killed, as reported by CNN.
Clayton was known for her devotion to children, which extended into her personal life as well. The officer worked with youth at the Winning Souls for the Kingdom Church in Auburndale. Michon Chunn, a friend of Clayton’s who also attended the church, said that she was a great friend and always had a positive attitude, according to Fox News.
“Debra was the type of person that anyone could talk to. She always had a smile on her face, even if she was dealing with a difficult situation.”
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At the time of Clayton’s death, the two friends had been planning a new youth center for the church. The center, which was still in its early stages, will be a safe haven to the children of the area that don’t have many safe recreational options.
The church now plans to dedicate the youth center to “Sister Deborah,” which will be named the “Debra Clayton Youth Dream Center,” once the structure is built.
Chunn said that Clayton’s memory would live on in the standards that will be taught to the children at the center.
“We’re going to teach them the principles of what she was all about: Keeping God first, getting an education and staying out of trouble.”
The Orlando Police Department also honored Clayton after her death. At her funeral, the officer was promoted to lieutenant.
Clayton’s coworkers attested to her love of helping people. They spoke of the difference that Clayton made in her 17 years on the force.
“She’s going to be missed but never forgotten.”
Clayton was honored again when police officers lined the road as her body was taken to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home.
Clayton’s killer has yet to be apprehended.
[Featured Photo: Orlando PD]