Murder on Facebook spotlights rise of 'performance crime' phenomenon on social media

Steve Stephens, the Cleveland murder suspect who uploaded footage of himself shooting 74-year-old Robert Goodwin on Easter Sunday, reportedly died in Pennsylvania on Tuesday after police gave chase to his vehicle.

Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Steve Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities 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.

The incident was the latest grisly crime posted on Facebook, reviving questions about videos posted on the world's largest social network, and how - or if - they can be monitored. "We will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening", he said.

Godwin's family reached out to WJW saying they wanted to reassure Lane, and the station set up a meeting Tuesday morning. DuCharme went to the window and was trying to stall the suspect while the police were called.

The employee took Stephens' order and immediately dialled 911 to alert the authorities of his whereabouts.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tweeted his thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police for their vigilance in pursuing Stephens.

"We know it is not her fault", Robert Godwin, Jr. said.

"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all". He tells the man to say a woman's name and pulls out his gun. Before the shooting, Stephens demanded that he say "Joy Lane", the name of his ex-girlfriend.

WEWS-TV reports that a video Stephens posted to Facebook past year showed him rapidly firing at targets at the range in Willoughby and being warned to stop by an employee.

Facebook has since announced it was launching a review for reporting harmful content.

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens.

  • Arturo Norris