Steve Stephens dead: 'We have closure'

Ken Copeland
April 19, 2017

In one video posted on Facebook, Stephens said that he gambled away everything and that he and his girlfriend had planned to marry but did not, without saying why.

Stephens, who executed Godwin in cold blood while broadcasting on Facebook Live, turned his weapon on himself Tuesday after a brief police pursuit in Pennsylvania.

The killing triggered soul-searching at Facebook, which once again found its live video product used to broadcast a violent crime.

Police say Stephens was spotted just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He shot himself in the head after the auto spun out of control and came to a stop, police said.

Police say Stephens, whom they had been pursuing for more than 48 hours, appears to have taken his own life.

The search for Stephens began on Easter Sunday after he shared a recording of himself announcing his plan to kill someone, then two minutes later posted another video of himself shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

The technology giant's chief executive said "our hearts go out to the friends and family" of Mr Godwin, who was shot dead by Steve Stephens in the U.S. city of Cleveland in Sunday in an apparent random killing.

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"Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did", Debbie Godwin said. Wolf said he was "thankful no one in PA was hurt". I'm not happy with what you did, but I forgive you'.

"She's the reason this is about to happen to you".

It was also reported that the Police got a tip that Stephens' vehicle, a white Ford Fusion, was in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant.

According to employees at the restaurant, Stephens ordered a 20-piece McNuggets and a large order of fries in the drive-thru.

An aggravated murder warrant was issued for Stephens' arrest early Monday because police believed he may have fled Ohio.

It is not clear if Stephens was being helped by anyone. Worse, he even uploaded the video, which has already been taken down, to Facebook of him shooting the old man. "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. Godwin's family said he had no connection to Stephens or a woman Stephens mentioned during the incident. But Stephens apparently told his mother on the phone that he had killed the man because he was "mad with his girlfriend".

In a separate video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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