Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin and Orlando District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill were in the Parramore community in Downtown Orlando on Saturday morning, to honor two law enforcement officers who recently lost their lives in the line of duty and to call for an end to violence in their community.
The ceremonies were part of the “Stop The Violence Hip Hop & Peace Concert and Rally” dedicated to remember residents from the community who lost their lives to violence over the past year. This includes Orlando Police Department Lieutenant Debra Clayton, who was allegedly killed during a confrontation with murder suspect Markeith Loyd and Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norm Lewis, who was killed during the following manhunt.
Hill and Siplin stood on stage with some of Clayton’s family members during the ceremony.
“It’s going to take all of us to work together to reach the progress we so desire” said Siplin remembering Lewis and his family “When violence occurs it doesn’t effect only the immediate family but the entire community.”
The event promoted the “See something, say something” initiative promoting community awareness and involving to put an end to the streak of violence crime which has risen over the past several months.
“We’re here in a unified effort to say that we will not tolerate violence in our community anymore.” said Hill, who remembered her former community liaison, Clayton, adding “We’re here to honor my good friend and my sister, who at night along with my daughter, I still think about”
Hill also promoted state legislation that would protect the identity of murder witnesses to encourage more people to come forward with information that could potentially put criminals behind bars. The measure is heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for his signature.
Clayton’s family were presented an award by event organizers after the spoken remarks to remember her bravery while serving the Orlando community.