What a tragedy!
After an Easter dinner spent with family, Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, went for a walk to collect cans. It was a hobby he enjoyed. His daughter Debbie Godwin told the Associated Press, “Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did. ... We called him the junk man. He’d pick up things off the street and fix them. He picked up bikes and he fixed them.”
Tragically, while walking home, he was gunned down by Steve Stephens, 37, also known as Stevie Steve or, more recently, "Facebook Killer."
Stephen recorded the murder and then uploaded it to Facebook. (We will not be sharing that video out of respect to the family.)
Steve Stephens' Facebook page has since been taken down. But before that happened, the video spread like wildfire. You couldn't go to Twitter or Facebook without this senseless murder automatically playing.
A member of the Godwin family posted this to Twitter a few hours after the murder.
Facebook removed the video but Stephens still had access to his account and posted messages and additional videos.
NSFW language (this is not the video of the murder):
What started as a statewide manhunt in Ohio went nationwide after a ping from Stephen's cell phone was picked up in Erie, PA.
It was there those police officers located the gunman when a McDonald's employee recognized him and called in a tip.
As police closed in on him, Stephens shot himself in the head.
Here's what we know about this tragic case:
1. Robert Godwin, Sr. was a father of 10 and grandfather of 14.
The Daily Mail
After Easter dinner, Godwin went for a walk as he so often did, with a plastic bag in case he saw cans.