After two days on the run the man known as the “Facebook Live” Murderer, Steve Stephens is dead.
Stephens earned infamy after murdering an innocent man, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., and then broadcasting his murder on Facebook Live. The grotesque video shows Stephens asking a series of questions of Godwin before blaming what was about to happen on a woman that had apparently made Stephens angry. Stephens then proceeded to murder the older gentleman, you can read more about the story here.
While Stephens will never face justice here on this earth, he will now face it in eternity:
Erie police have confirmed the suicide in Erie on Tuesday of Steve Stephens, the Cleveland resident suspected of fatally shooting a Cleveland man on Sunday and posting video of the slaying on Facebook.
Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving a white Ford Fusion near Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue around 11:10 a.m., police said.
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) April 18, 2017
Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams made the announcement during a press conference:
“I want to officially announce the search for Steve Stephens has ended. At approximately a little bit after 11 today, Pennsylvania State Police officers received a tip that the vehicle that we were looking for – the white Ford Fusion – was in a McDonald’s parking lot near Erie, PA.
Those officers responded. The vehicle fled from that area; there was a short pursuit in which the vehicle was stopped. As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life.”
One of Godwin’s daughters showed more grace and mercy than the evil killer deserved:
Debbie Godwin said she believes she would have the grace to embrace her father’s suspected killer.
“It’s just the way my heart is, it’s the right thing to do,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “And so, I just would want him to know that even in his worst state, he’s loved, you know, by God, that God loves him, even in the bad stuff that he did to my dad. That he’s still loved. And that he has some worth while, even though he’s gonna have to go through many things to get better, there’s worth in him.”
With Stephens gone, the world is a little bit safer.