'I saw the fear in my father's eyes'

Lauren Perry
April 18, 2017

A spokesperson for Facebook said in addition to the removal of the graphic video from the social media site, Stephens' Facebook page has also been disabled. He also asked the public to continue sending in tips.

The police chief reportedly said they were still hoping the Stephens may turn himself in, and urged anyone with knowledge of the suspect's whereabouts to contact police.

Authorities also warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be alert for Stephens, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder.

Stephens allegedly selected and shot Godwin at point-blank range on Sunday around 2 p.m. Godwin was walking home after eating an Easter meal with his children.

According to police, Robert Godwin was out on a walk collecting aluminum cans, something his family says he did often, when 37-year-old Steve Stevens exited his vehicle and demanded Godwin say the name of Stevens' ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane.

She went on to describe Stephens as having been "kind and loving to me and my children", adding, "This is a very hard time for me and my family". I don't know what I'm going to do.

Social media expert and President of JRM Comms Jason Mollica told Fox News that, for some people, there is a very real desire to share terrible acts with a large number of people via social media. She said her father left behind nine children, 14 grandchildren and a lot of great-grandchildren.

Thirty-seven-year-old Steve Stephens is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

"Hi, can you do me a favor?" "I said 'OK, enjoy your Easter'".

Baines' sister, Debbie Godwin, told ABC News she didn't watch the video "because I didn't want that to be the last remembrance of my father". "Hopefully, we can find him soon and then we'll get to talk to him and find out exactly why he did this". The gunman then pointed a weapon at Godwin, who shielded his face with the plastic bag. The gun is fired.

A Cleveland-area Fox affiliate described local murder suspect Steve Stephens as "dark white".

Police in New York, Indiana and MI are also searching for Stephens at press time.

Ryan Godwin, who said he's a grandson of Godwin's, had asked people to stop sharing it.

In a video that was posted to Facebook on Sunday, the retired foundry worker is seen lying on the ground next to a puddle of blood. "That is my grandfather show some respect", Ryan Godwin wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

But Stephens remains at large as the hunt for him expanded nationwide, police said. They believe he's left OH and may be in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana or MI.

Police said they have been talking with family and friends of Stephens, who is a case manager at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

The motive for the shooting wasn't entirely clear from the shaky video, in which Stephens tells Godwin a woman's name and says, "She's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

When Cleveland police said there was no official fund set up for Godwin's family, Davis said his campaign started coming under fire.

"He's a good guy", he said.

Cleveland's police chief said Monday that only Stephens knows the answer.

Other reports by VgToday

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