Steve Stephens, 37, better known as the Facebook Killer, shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., at 2:00 p.m. ET on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Sparking a multi-state manhunt by the Cleveland, Ohio police, FBI, and U.S. Marshals.
Outrage at this senseless killing flooded social media as a country, thought to be torn apart at its foundation, came together to help in the hunt for the Facebook killer, who needed to come to justice. Stephens also made other Facebook posts saying he snapped and killed between 12 to 15 people, calling it the “Easter Day slaughter.”
Just a few days later on April 18, that justice was served at the hands of the killer himself in Erie, Pennsylvania as cops closed in on the Facebook killer. Members of the state police attempted to make a traffic stop on Stephens when a brief pursuit took place about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland.
Stephens’ mother, Maggie Green, made a statement to Fox News saying she believed her son would commit suicide because he visited her, before he killed Godwin, to say goodbye. Green said that her son also had a problem with gambling.
Green stated that her son was a good Christian person, he just snapped. This, however, might not ring true to the family who lost their loved one, senselessly. Godwin’s daughter and son, Tonya Godwin-Baines and Robert Godwin Jr. do, however, reap the good values of Christianity.
In a statement to MSN News, Baines said, “Each of us forgives the killer, the murderer. We want to wrap out arms around him.” Robert Jr. added to his sister’s statement saying, “Steve we forgive you. I’m not happy with what you did, but I forgive you.”
Godwin Sr. is a father of 10 and a grandfather of 14. In an ironic twist, the hand that took the life of an innocent man snuffed the same life of a man filled with hate. Justice for the Godwin family has been served.
Written by Tracy Blake
MSN News: Family of man shot dead in Facebook video say they ‘forgive’ killer as manhunt continues
Fox News: Facebook killer Steve Stephens dead, police say
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