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Posted: April 17, 2017

Who was Robert Godwin Sr., Cleveland man killed in Facebook video?


By Matt Naham, Rare.us

CLEVELAND —

The elderly man who was shot and killed Sunday in a Facebook video has been identified.

Police said late Sunday that Steve Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland. In the video, Stephens reportedly said a woman’s name and asked Godwin to repeat it. “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” he said as the older man tried to shield himself with a shopping bag.

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Police have issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens, who is still at large. He is described as a bald man with a full beard, 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

Shanice Dunning, a reporter with WOIO-TV, spoke with Godwin’s family members earlier in the day, and they were distraught.

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They described Godwin as “a good guy” who would “give you the shirt off his back."

“This man right here was a good man. ... It’s not real," said Godwin's son, Robert Godwin Jr.

“I feel like my heart is going to stop,” a woman, who wasn't identified, added in the video posted to Twitter.

Godwin's family said he spent Easter morning fishing.

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Pictures of Godwin have since circulated on social media.

According to Cleveland.com, Godwin Jr. said he last saw his father Sunday morning when he came by to pick up basketball equipment for one of his other sons.

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“He hugged my wife and me and said, ‘I’ll see you guys next time,'” Godwin Jr. said. “I said ‘OK, enjoy your Easter.'”

Godwin, a retired foundry worker, is survived by nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

– Cox Media Group Ohio contributed to this report.


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Facebook killing: What we know now

A man who police say filmed himself shooting an elderly stranger before posting the footage on social media died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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Cleveland police said Steve Stephens, 37, shared a video Sunday of the killing of Robert Godwin Sr., 74, on Facebook. He later filmed a confession video on Facebook Live, police said.

Following a massive, nationwide manhunt, authorities found Stephens on Tuesday morning in Erie, Pennsylvania, state police said. Erie is about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland.

A citizen called authorities after spotting Stephens near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue.

Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference Tuesday that police found Stephens’ vehicle parked at a McDonald’s and initiated a pursuit. State police said officers chased Stephens for about two miles before attempting a maneuver to disable the Ford Fusion he was in.

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“As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” Pennsylvania State Police said.

One trooper’s vehicle collided with Stephens’, causing minor damage. Aside of Stephens’ self-inflicted wound, police reported no injuries.

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Who is Steve Stephens, suspect in Cleveland Facebook killing?

A search is underway for a man suspected of shooting and killing an elderly man, then sharing a video of the slaying on Facebook.

>> Cleveland Facebook killing: What we know now

Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have issued an aggravated murder warrant for 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who is accused of fatally shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday in Cleveland.

Here's what we know about Stephens:

Description: Police described Stephens as a 6-foot-1, 244-pound black man with a bald head and full beard. He was last seen wearing a dark-striped polo shirt and driving a white, newer-model Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag E363630. Read more here.

The video: Stephens recorded himself as the shooting unfolded, police said. The video shows the point-of-view of the shooter as he gets out of a vehicle and approaches an elderly man, later identified as Godwin, walking down the sidewalk carrying a plastic shopping bag.

>> Who was Robert Godwin Sr., Cleveland man killed in Facebook video?

The shooter says a woman’s name and asks Godwin to repeat it. 

“She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” the shooter says.

The video then shows a handgun firing.

The victim can be seen lying motionless and bloody on the pavement before the suspect returns to the vehicle. 

Other claims of crimes: In another video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people, but police said they have not found evidence of any other victims.

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Whereabouts: The Dayton Daily News reports that Stephens was last seen south of Interstate 90 in the area of East 93rd in Cleveland.

Police say Stephens, who is considered armed and dangerous, may have left the state and are urging Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan residents to be on the lookout. Anyone with information should call 911.

WOIO-TV reports that Stephens' most recent documented address was in Euclid, Ohio. 

Employment: Stephens worked for a behavioral health agency, according to the Dayton Daily News.

A spokeswoman for Beech Brook, Stephens’ employer, said workers there are “shocked and horrified.”

"We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible, and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly,” Nancy Kortemeyer told WOIO.

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