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Family of Cleveland remembers 74-year-old shooting victim as ‘good man’ after senseless murder broadcasted on Facebook

April 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Family of Cleveland remembers 74-year-old shooting victim as ‘good man’ after senseless murder broadcasted on Facebook

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Distraught family members paid tribute to Robert Godwin, the 74-year-old victim, whose horrific death was broadcasted on Facebook Live on Sunday, as the pursuit of his suspected murderer continues.

Robert Godwin was fatally shot in a video posted on Facebook by Steve Stephens, who is still on the lam.

His son, Robert Godwin Jr., sobbed as he remembered his father just hours after the attack.

“He was a good guy; he’d give you the shirt off his back. I’m not saying that for the cameras, I’m telling the truth,” Godwin Jr. said to Cleveland’s WOIO-TV.

“This man was a good man. I hate that he’s gone. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s not real,” he continued.

Robert Godwin 74, died was randomly shot in a video posted to Facebook by Steve Stephens, in Cleveland who still remains at-large

Godwin’s daughter, then said: “I feel like my heart is going to stop.”

She then cried into Godwin Jr.’s chest, and the two walked away.

Robert Godwin was killed after he was confronted by Stephens just blocks away from Lake Erie.

The victim was a retired foundry worker who left behind nine children, 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Godwin Jr. said that he saw his father on Sunday morning when he picked up a piece of basketball equipment for another family member.

A distraught Robert Godwin Jr cried remembered his father as a ‘good guy,’ hours after the senseless murder

He said that one of his father’s hobbies was fishing. Godwin Jr. also said that his father collected cans, and frequently walked around with a bag to pick up any that he saw on the floor.

The fatal incident occurred during a walk on Sunday afternoon. Godwin Jr said that his dad was searching for cans when Stephens approached him.

The shocking altercation was posted on Facebook, and Stephens egged Godwin into saying the name of his ex-fiance “Joy Lane” moments before shots were fired.

Godwin tried to block the shots with the plastic bag when he realized what was happening.

“Oh man. I don’t know anybody,” he said before he was shot.

Stills from a Facebook video shows the moment that Stephens shot and killed  Robert Godwin, 74

The footage was on Facebook for close to three hours before it was taken down and the killer’s account was deactivated.

His son said that his relatives are still processing what happened and are waiting for police to arrest Stephens.

There have also been some posts urging people in Cleveland to stay safe while Stephens is still at large.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference that Stephens chose his victim randomly in the senseless murder.

In the Facebook video, Stephens stated that he also killed 14 other individuals and that those remains are concealed in a warehouse. However, only Godwin’s killing has been verified.

Meanwhile, the social media giant released a statement condemning the senseless slaying.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook, 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.”

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