Cleveland on High Alert After Killing Is Posted on Facebook

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Cleveland was on tenterhooks as police searched for a man who uploaded to Facebook a video that showed him murdering a grandfather chosen at random on as he walked along a city street on Easter Sunday. The target of the manhunt was Steve Stephens, 37, who is accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr., 74, at about 2 p.m. on East 93rd Street, just south of Interstate 90 in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. In the video, Stephens gets out of his car, walks up to Godwin, and tells him to speak the name of Stephens’ girlfriend. He tells Godwin that she is the reason for what was about to happen to him, and he then shoots the man in the head, according to the Plain Dealer.

Before the shooting, a number of people called police to say that Stephens was on Facebook ranting about his miserable life and threatening to kill someone at random. And then he did just that. In the videos, Stephens seemed calm and even laughed about the pain and fear he knew he would cause the city. Stephens’ Facebook page was deactivated about three hours after Godwin was killed, but the videos were grabbed and shared by news outlets across the world and posted on YouTube. As he prepared to approach Godwin, Stephens calmly says, “I found somebody I’m about to kill. I’m going to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude, too.”

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