Facebook Killer Dead From Self-Inflicted Gun Shot
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 3:57
Godwin was walking down a Cleveland, Ohio, street when Stephens gunned him down, then posted a video of the shooting on Facebook.
The man suspected of killing a Cleveland retiree and posting the act on Facebook shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit, Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.
Someone spotted Stephens' white Ford Fusion in the parking lot of a McDonald's near Erie and called authorities, Pennsylvania State Police said.
The chilling video was posted on Facebook for three hours before it was taken down, drawing criticism of the social network and renewing questions about how responsibly it polices objectionable material.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday the company would do all it can to "prevent tragedies like this from happening again".
The mother of Steve Stephens, who posted a video of him killing an elderly man, said her son had "snapped and turned into a whole different person".
Police said in a 3:30 p.m. news conference that an autopsy of Stephens' body will occur Wednesday at the Erie County Coroner's Office.
Steve Stephens (l.) killed Robert Godwin Sr.
He says the attendant recognized Stephens, who was wanted in Sunday's slaying of a retired OH man, and called 911.
Stephens uploaded video of himself shooting Godwin to his Facebook page.
"[The employee] said, 'I think that's the guy".
The 37-year-old claimed on Facebook Live that he shot and killed Godwin, 74, for no reason at all - other than to get back at his ex-girlfriend.
The owner of the McDonald's franchise that Stephens went to, Tom Ducharme, said, "I'm just very proud of my staff and how they handled it".
Godwin's daughter, Brenda Haymon, told CNN she learned of Stephens' death as she was planning her father's funeral. Now, Godwin's sister says those relatives will be coming to Cleveland for his funeral.