Family, friends remember man shot and killed at Portsmouth Wendy’s

Posted at 10:41 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 23:11:44-05

Chesapeake, Va. - Family and friends say it won't be easy to say goodbye to Clayton Thomas. The 41-year was shot and killed on Sunday at a Wendy's in Portsmouth.

"Whoever did this, they took away a great guy," said Troy Holland, a friend and barber of Thomas. Holland was one of dozens who came to the vigil at Camelot Park on Tuesday night.

Friends and family lit candles, sang songs, and released balloons in Thomas' honor.

"He would confide in me things I can't even speak on," said Holland. "Things I can't even speak on. Things that will be between me and him. I would do the same for him."

Family members say Thomas was a father. He's remembered for his sense of humor.

When word of the deadly shooting came out, friends held out hope it wasn't him as police at first misreported the 41-year old's age. "The police reported he was 49. I knew he was 41," said Holland. "I was like 'nah this ain't my dude. This is not my guy,' but it wound up being my guy."

Family and friends say they want the case to be solved quickly. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.