ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Orlando police sergeant gunned down by a wanted fugitive was posthumously promoted to lieutenant Saturday as friends, family and colleagues remembered her at her funeral.
Hundreds of officers, deputies and Central Florida residents gathered at the First Baptist Church in Orlando to honor Lieutenant Debra Clayton, who authorities say was gunned down Monday by a fugitive who had been wanted for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Authorities say Clayton, 42, was gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store in Orlando on Monday after she approached Markeith Loyd, 41.
Clayton had worked for the Orlando Police Department for 17 years, most recently as a supervisor for a patrol division in the neighborhood where she was shot. She previously had worked in investigations and as a school resource officer.
Lt. Clayton was one of the officers who responded to the shooting at Pulse nightclub, the site where 49 people died last June. The massacre in Orlando was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
She was married and has a college-aged son.
Clayton was remembered most for her community activities, especially when it came to youth programs. She participated in rowing competitions with teenagers and was active in an Urban League anti-violence task force.