Several community organizations plan vigil for murdered Cleveland police officer

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 11:31 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 7:49 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Black on Black Crime, Inc. (BBCI) along with several other community organizations have planned a vigil for murdered Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek.

“It drove a point home. A young man working, loved by his family, loved by the community and missed,” said Alfred Porter, Jr. President.

Officer Bartek, 25, was shot and killed on Dec. 31, 2021 in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive on Cleveland’s West Side while he was off-duty.

Cleveland police said Tamara McLoyd, 18, of Garfield Heights, approached Officer Bartek in the parking lot with a gun, a struggle ensued and Officer Bartek was shot twice.

McLoyd then allegedly fled in Officer Bartek’s car.

Several hours later, Officer Bartek’s stolen vehicle was spotted by police and after a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the vehicle was recovered in Euclid and Anthony Butler Jr., 28, was taken into custody.

Both Butler and McLoyd are being held on a $5 million bond at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Organizer Judy Martin with BBCI is asking supporters to gather at the BBCI headquarters at 15415 Kipling Avenue by 5 p.m. on Jan. 5.

They will then march to the 5th District Police Station at 881 East 152nd Street.

There will be a short program at 6 p.m. in front of the station to honor Officer Bartek, who was assigned to the 5th District.

“Everyone is invited to show love and respect toward our fallen hero, his family and friends. Our prayers are with the family, his friends, the police and the community,” said Martin.

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