Services set for Facebook murder victim Robert Godwin Sr

Patrice Gainsbourg
Abril 20, 2017

Cleveland Police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.", Zuckerberg added.

Stephens filmed and then posted the video of the attack to Facebook, but was found dead in his auto on Tuesday. Two cars were in front of his, and police were on the way by the time Stephens reached the pickup window.

(AP Photo/James H. Collins, File).

The video of the killing was on the social media site for about three hours before it was removed.

A multistate manhunt for the suspect in a random killing that Cleveland police say he recorded and posted to Facebook is entering its third day.

Cleveland police report the man suspected of randomly killed a 74-year-old retiree and sharing the video on Facebook has fatally shot himself, ending a manhunt that concluded in Pennsylvania.

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, whose case brought another round of criticism down on Facebook over how responsibly it polices objectionable material posted by users.

State police major William Teper said the trooper who rammed Stephens' auto "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself".

One of Robert Godwin's sons said he was greatly disturbed by how the killer carried out his very bad deed. "We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening", he said.

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In one video in which he blamed his girlfriend, Stephens said he woke up last week and "couldn't take it anymore".

Throughout the search, social media played a role in the investigation.

Williams: There are a lot of remote areas for someone to hide.

Police would not speculate on what prompted the killing, but videos Stephens posted showed him talking about losing everything he had to gambling and trouble with his girlfriend.

The mother previously said Stephens stopped by her house on Saturday with a cryptic message. "I'm not happy with what you did, but I forgive you".

After the Godwin shooting, Green said she called her son, whom she described as calm.

Police received more than 400 tips in what became a nationwide search, with some tips coming from as far away as Texas. Stephens had ordered chicken nuggets and French fries.

The chase lasted two miles before Stephens took his own life, police said.

When police tried to pull Stephens over, a pursuit ensued, Williams said. He was a "big exaggerator", she said.

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