While families across the nation were celebrating Easter on Sunday, one Ohio family was mourning the senseless death of Robert Godwin Sr.
74-year-old Godwin was allegedly shot to death by Steven Stephens, 37, who filmed and posted the entire incident on Facebook in a video titled Easter day slaughter.
The killer left the scene of the crime immediately and posted a series of videos on his Facebook page in which he claimed to have already killed 12 people and he was not going to stop.
Stephens had been the subject of a multi-state manhunt and police announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. But things took an expected turn earlier today, nearly two days after the shocking shooting, Stephen was found dead of apparent suicide.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson confirmed the news in a press conference this afternoon, “We have closure in regards to the search for Steve Stephens.”
“This particular incident received a lot of attention and rightfully so, because it was a loss of an innocent victim. We however have many, many homicides, not only in Cleveland, but throughout this nation,” he added.
Godwin’s children told CNN that their father was on his way home after a family Easter meal when he was killed. They praised the victim for being a “good man” who definitely didn’t deserve such an ending.
“He lived a good life. He’s a man people should model themselves after,” said Brenda Haymoon, Godwin’s youngest child.
To everyone’s surprise the family said that they aren’t holding any grudges against Stephens and they “forgive him.”
“If we don’t forgive him, the Bible says your Heavenly Father won’t forgive you.” said Debbie Godwin.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Godwin’s family. You can visit the page here if you’d like to make a donation.