Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

A patrol trooper was not able to stop in time and slid into Stephens' vehicle.

Shortly after 11 a.m., there was a short police pursuit and when officers approached the vehicle, Stephens auto spun in circles and that's when Stephens shot himself. "We would prefer that it had not ended this way, because there are a lot of questions" about why Stephens did what he did, according to Williams.

Steve Stephens, 37, gunned down 74-year-old Robert Godwin - a father-of-ten and retired manufacturing worker - in Cleveland on Sunday.

In the video, Stephens named a woman and tells the victim, Robert Godwin Sr., that "she's the reason that this is about to happen to you".

In the Facebook video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his auto and appears to randomly target Godwin, 74, who is holding a plastic shopping bag. Local media said an employee at the restaurant's drive-through window called police.

"People in the area may have seen him and not put two and two together in the past couple days", Williams stated. The elderly man was walking home from an Easter meal with family when Stephens approached him and shot him at close range.

"Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer", daughter Tonya Godwin Baines told CNN on Monday.

Stephens' Facebook posts suggested that he had some familiarity with Erie; he wrote about gambling losses he'd experienced at casinos there and in Cleveland.

In another video posted on Facebook, Stephens said he gambled away everything and that he and his girlfriend had planned to marry but did not, without saying why. This is a very hard time for me and my family. Stephens' video of the murder was live on the site for more than two hours before it was removed.

Although Facebook pulled the videos and suspended Stephens' account 23 minutes after they were first reported, Zuckerberg said Facebook could do better in quickly flagging and removing violent videos. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety", the statement said. "We're reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland". "My heart is broke."Godwin's son Robby Miller said he wanted the shooter brought to justice and for his family to have closure".

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