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Michael Kennedy, Staff Writer

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Steve Stephens allegedly killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland, Ohio on April 16th, 2017. Mr. Stephens recorded himself shooting Mr. Goodwin on Facebook. The video was posted on April 16th, during the shooting; the video remained up for over a week after it was posted. In the clip of the killing, Stephens can be heard growling “Found me somebody I’m about to kill… this old dude.” The video showed Stephens approaching Godwin asking if he knew Joy Lane. The killer pointed his gun at Godwin’s head while Godwin tries to take cover behind a plastic bag pleading: “I don’t know anybody by that name.”

The founder of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, admitted on Tuesday April 18th, 2017 that his firm had more to do over the issue of violent videos.

The cops offered a $50,000 reward for Stephens. The cops traced Stephen’s phone to Pennsylvania following the killing. Later, the cops got a tip of his car in a McDonald’s car park in Erie. When the cops were on their way to the McDonald’s parking lot, Stephens sped off before killing himself. In his final message, he claimed he snapped over gambling debts and breaking up with his girlfriend.

Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines stated that she forgave the killer for the murder of her father.

Robert Godwin Jr,. said that he wasn’t happy with what happened to his father, but he is willing to forgive Stephens.

“He had problem and should have gotten help, and it is turning into 13 reason why in real life.” said by Dan Oliver Computer Science Major. “In all reality, he shouldn’t of done that. There was nothing to be learned from him killing people.”



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