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Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Only 1 victim linked to Facebook murder suspect


Then a scream on the other end. Facebook has encouraged users to post more - it has spent the past two years emphasizing its push into photographs and video, underpinned by a thesis that cameras have become more important in how people share moments of their lives with their friends.

If you see Stephens, do not approach.

A reward of $50,000 was being offered for information regarding Stephens's location, officials said.

Officials in the OH city said suspect Steve Stephens, 37, shot his 74-year old victim Robert Godwin Sr at random on Easter Sunday, in cold blood.

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Chief Calvin D. Williams of the Cleveland Police Department said detectives have been "unceasingly" pursuing leads since the shooting took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. They have recovered items, including weapons, and "other things that are pertinent to the investigation", he said, without specifying to whom those items belonged.

A man called 911 and described to the dispatcher what he saw - an older man lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.

"He's got deep, deep issues", Williams said. One resident said Stephens was there two days ago, fixing the home's garage. But authorities also say there is no indication that Steve Stephens is in Philadelphia. In less than 24 hours, the page had exceeded that goal, raising more than US$33,000 - including US$4500 in a single hour. Suddenly, fake sites popped up in the name of Steve Stephens.

"I can only give you my only personal opinion based on the past", Pete Elliott of the Cleveland U.S. Marshals said.

Regarding the chilling video, Williams said Tuesday, "This is something that should not have been shared around the world".

Stephens is an employee at Beech Brook, a children's behavioral health center in OH, a company spokesperson told ABC News.

Nancy Kortemeyer, vice president of marketing and PR at Beech Brook, "We are doing everything we can to help and help locate him".

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Police said Stephens used Facebook to post video of him killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

Robert Godwin Jr., 48, told The (Cleveland) Plain-Dealer that his father was a retired foundry worker who left behind nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The suspect records video of an employee ID with Stephens' face and name on it. Frederick tells Cleveland.com he recalls Stephens as nice and jovial, not negative.

One of Robert Godwin's sons said he was greatly disturbed by how the killer carried out his bad deed.

According to its website, Beech Brook says it will serve more than 18,000 children and families in northeast OH this year.

They spoke briefly again the next day, his mother said.

Authorities are telling people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout.

As seen in the top photo, Cleveland Police provided an image of Stephens.

Police said Monday that Godwin is the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite the suspect's claim in a separate video on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people. Stephens then pulled a gun and shot himself as police approached the vehicle. They planned to provide updates on the search at a news conference later Monday morning. Police said he is driving a white Ford Fusion with the temporary OH plate E636360. Erie is about 100 miles east of Cleveland.

Stephens is accused of killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

An aggravated murder warrant had been issued for Stephens and police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on alert.

"It's probably not going to be law enforcement", Burton said.

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