Services set for Facebook murder victim Robert Godwin Sr

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network "has a lot of work to do" in order to prevent repeats of the Cleveland shooting of Robert Godwin Sr, after a video of his murder was shared on the site. "The murderer. We want to wrap our arms around him", said Tonya Godwin Baines in a CNN interview. After a multi-state manhunt, Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pa., Tuesday.

Godwin-Baines expressed empathy not just for Lane, but for Stephens' mother, too, when she spoke with Cooper.

"The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre, I don't know if I know how to be Joy Lane anymore", Lane told Fox 8 Cleveland.

"I've got a lot of negative comments", Lane added.

"We don't hold any ill-feelings towards you, not even towards Steve".

She said that it was her slain father who taught her, through the example of his life, how to forgive.

She said her father would be proud of their choice to forgive.

Responding troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his auto to try to get it to stop, authorities said.

After the fatal shooting of the self-taught mechanic and grandfather of 14, authorities nationwide scrambled for two days to find Stephens.

His craving for fries and chicken McNuggets led him to the fast food restaurant, where an employee recognized him and called police.

State police caught up to Stephens quickly and gave chase.

According to Pennsylvania state police, "As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PT manoeuvre, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head."There were no injuries to the public or the police reported".

Authorities had hoped for a different outcome.

"We're grateful that this has ended", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

"I feel bad. The last thing that he would have said was my name and (he) didn't know me or why he was saying it".

Other reports by VgToday

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