Dylan Lyons: Tribute to Murdered Orlando News 13 reporters
Dylan Lyons has been named as the Spectrum News 13 reporter who was shot dead on February 22, 2023 while covering a murder in Orlando, Florida, his family has confirmed. A 9-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman were also gunned down, while two other victims were injured This was announced by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The suspected shooter was arrested, the sheriff’s office said.
Lyons’ fiancee Casey Lynn, tweeted a link to a GoFundMe campaign to his family, writing: “The love of my life has been murdered. I will never be the same person again. Please help my family and I during this time.”
Lyons’ sister Rachel, who started GoFundMe, wrote: “He was a surrogate father to his niece and nephew who he loved so much. He loved his fiancé and was a devoted son to his mother and father. Dylan would have turned 25 in March. He was a happy soul and a wonderful human being in life. My brother was our baby. He was taken from us too soon.”
Megan Turner, who worked with Lyons on the University of Central Florida student news organization, also shared a link to GoFundMe confirming Lyons’ death, and tweet, “If you knew Dylan, you knew he embodied journalism. Integrity. Dedication. Ethics. Speed. He meant so much to so many people. I was his editor at UCF. He inspired me and always rooted for those around him – pray for his loved ones and colleagues.”
UCF Knight News tweeted photos and videos from his time there: “We will remember Dylan Lyons for working so hard covering #UCF at the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix. We had a little competition to see who could ask the best question at the press conference. Dylan won. He knew how to ask difficult questions and get answers. He really loved the job.”
The Knight News added with a video from Lyon“This is Dylan Lyons doing what he loved – covering the news from back when UCF played @Fiesta_Bowl in 2019.”
According to the News 13 websiteLyons “joined the Spectrum News 13 team in July 2022 as a multimedia journalist.” According to his LinkedIn page, Lyons was a television journalist in Gainesville, Florida before coming to Orlando. He was a campus media leader and had several internships while at the University of Central Florida, according to his LinkedIn page, which says he once “won a scholarship to be the top blood donor in my class.”
“Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dylan’s journey into journalism was driven by his desire to tell stories that impact local communities,” reads the Spectrum News 13 website. “As a reporter, he is honored to have the unique privilege to be a voice for the voiceless and to ensure all communities and stories are treated fairly and equally.”
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said on February 22, 2023: press conference that Keith Melvin Moses is accused of shooting five people, including Lyons. They are Lyons, a 20-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl, the sheriff said, although he did not name Lyons, only identifying him as a News 13 employee.
The sheriff said Moses shot dead a reporter and photographer from News 13 who were covering the murder of the 20-year-old woman he is accused of murdering at the scene. Moses then went to a random house and shot the girl and her mother, according to the sheriff, who said the News 13 photographer and the mother were in critical condition. The other victims have not yet been named.
Here’s what you need to know about Dylan Lyons:
An Orlando journalist broke down in tears while discussing the death of Dylan Lyons
said WESH reporter Luana Munoz The late News 13 employee was a reporter who leaves behind a fiancé. She broke down emotionally while covering the shooting outside the hospital. “It’s very emotional here,” she says.
However, she did not name Lyons in that report.
“This is every reporter’s absolute worst nightmare,” Munoz said. “We go home at night and we’re scared of something like this happening, and that’s what happened here.”
She said: “A fellow reporter died while covering a shooting.”
“It is with deep sadness that @RTDNA learns of the death of a @MyNews13 journalist in Orlando,” said the CEO of the Radio Television Digital News Association Dan Shelley tweeted. “He was one of two station journalists who were shot dead while covering a previous crime in a residential area. I send thoughts of peace and comfort to their families, friends and the other victims.”
According to his LinkedIn page, Lyons served as the president of the Radio Television Digital News Association in Orlando from 2017 to 2019.
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Dylan Lyons wrote on Twitter in honor of his fiancee
Lyons posted about his relationship on Twitter.
“November 7th, 2021 changed my life forever! It’s the day you became my girlfriend! That was one of the easiest decisions of my life! You are a remarkable, beautiful, kind, loving and caring girl Case! I love you so much! @Caseyswim1996 ❤️😍💕😘👩🏼❤️💋👨🏻💍🎉🥳🎊,” he tweeted in November 2022.
He added: “The relationship you have built with everyone in our family, especially my mother, your best friend, is something I love very much! Loving you is one of the easiest things in the world and that’s because you’re such a special girl! I love you Case Lynn.”
Lyons continued in the Twitter thread: “One year down and for life! I can’t wait to see what the future brings! I love you!”
Before he died, the TV network said that one of Dylan Lyons’ “most influential stories” was about the murder of a young girl
According to the TV network’s website, Lyons spent his career in Florida. “Before joining the News 13 team, Dylan reported and hosted for WCJB TV20, a local ABC affiliate in Gainesville,” according to the News 13 website.
“In 2020, Dylan was named Best ‘Politics/Election Series’ by the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists. In 2021 he was a finalist for Investigative Reporting.
According to News 13, “One of the most influential stories Dylan had to tell was about the murder of a 13-year-old girl; The story was particularly moving for Dylan because it highlighted the importance of ensuring adequate protection for the most vulnerable in our society.”
On LinkedinLyons wrote that he was a reporter at Spectrum News 13 for eight months.
He was previously a presenter and reporter for WCJB TV20 in Gainesville for more than three years, according to his LinkedIn page, which states that he was also a news intern for WKMG News 6 in Orlando.
Lyons worked as a presenter and reporter for the University of Central Florida, according to his LinkedIn page.
“Covering news, human interest, special reports at the University of Central Florida,” he wrote
He was previously a sports editor and reporter for Knight News, a news intern for WFTV, and a news intern for WMFE 90.7, according to his LinkedIn page.
Dylan Lyons holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Central Florida
Lyons was “a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in journalism and political science — go Knights! During his time at UCF, Dylan reported and hosted for UCF’s student-run Knightly News news channel,” the TV network reported.
“When Dylan isn’t at work, he’s enjoying the many different dining experiences and cuisines in the Orlando area. He especially loves exploring Winter Park, Winter Garden, Celebration and/or Downtown Orlando with his family and dog,” according to News 13.
According to his LinkedIn page, he was also executive producer of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Today Morning Show.
According to his LinkedIn page, he also studied communications and theater at the Dreyfoos School of The Arts and was pursuing a Masters of Scene degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida in 2020.
Dylan Lyons’ last tweet was about an active shooter scare
On twitter, Lyon’s last tweet on January 6, 2023, it was about an active shooter scare on a Florida campus.
He frequently reported crimes or other dangerous situations.
He also recently reported on a hurricane, tweet, “My photographer Joh and I are heading to Lakeland as we continue to follow Hurricane Ian. We have our game faces ahead of our 12 hour shift which starts at 10pm tonight. We’ll be bringing you live coverage on @MyNews13 from Lakeland starting at 12pm. #Don’t be afraid #Beprepared.”
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