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On Tuesday, in an interview with a local OH news station, Lane spoke about how her life has changed since Stephens recorded himself killing Godwin in Cleveland on Easter Sunday. He then shot him, forever linking Lane and the victim's family.

"(I want to) hug you, tell you it's not your fault and love you", Godwin-Baines told Lane during the encounter filmed by WJW, which CNN said was a Cleveland affiliate.

"I've got a lot of negative comments", Lane added. "The murderer. We want to wrap our arms around him", said Tonya Godwin Baines in a CNN interview. Stephens shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit, police said.

Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father's killer.

"I guess he just gave up", Green said of her son.

The mother previously said Stephens stopped by her house on Saturday with a cryptic message.

"When I saw him I knew it was him".

Lane told the news station that she and Stephens were in a serious relationship and had considered an engagement not too long before they mutually broke up in part because of his gambling issues. Several of the Godwin children have also stated that they held no ill will towards Lane.

Following a nationwide manhunt, authorities were notified that Stephens' vehicle had been seen in a McDonald's parking lot near Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

"Each one of us forgives the killer".

Godwin's daughter, Brenda Haymon, learned of Stephens' death as she was planning funeral arrangements for her father.

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

"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".

  • Julie Sanders