Easter Sunday is the day for prayers and feasting. Many people enjoy the day hunting beautifully colored eggs with their kids and younger ones from the family. But it was a day that shattered a Cleveland family.
74-year old Robert Godwin, Sr. was shot from point blank range and killed by a man whom later police officials recognized as Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens. The incident took place as the victim was walking down a Cleveland street.
While murders and other such heinous crimes seem to be skyrocketing at an alarming pace over the last few months, the most horrifying aspect of the daylight murder was the fact that it was broadcast live through horrifying Facebook Live Video.
Authorities claim that the murderer Steve “Stevie Steve” Stephens killed the septuagenarian Godwin around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The amazing aspect of the killing was the fact that he live streamed the entire killing through Facebook Live and even after the crime, the video remained available on Facebook for another three hours before Facebook was woken up and it deleted the video.
Facebook officials not just took down the horrifying video, they also disabled the criminal’s Facebook page too.
If you have seen the video you might have heard him saying “Can you do me a favor? Can you say [his girlfriend’s name]?” the old man who was actually confused by this non sequitur from a stranger, repeated the name in a questioning tone of voice. “Yeah,” Stephens said. “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you. How old are you?” A clearly perplexed Godwin started to walk away, while exclaiming “I don’t know nobody by that name!” Those were the last words he ever spoke.
The septuagenarian reportedly had a rather big family. He had nine kids of his own and many more grandkids. A report in the Cleveland19 News showed a video interview with a man and a woman who said the old man killed was their father. “He’d give you the shirt off his back…I’m not just saying that for these cameras … this man right here was a good man. And I just hate that he’s gone” said the man’s son.
In the meantime a report in the Cleveland.com said that the old man’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., informed the paper that his father was a retired foundry worker who had nine children, 14 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren. His father often collected aluminum cans for recycling, and when he went out for walks he carried a shopping bag in case he found any. He was out looking for cans when Stephens approached him on Easter afternoon. Reports suggest that the man had gone fishing in the morning.