A nationwide manhunt for the infamous Facebook killer is officially over.

Reports released today state that Steve Stephens, a 37-year old counselor to young teens, committed suicide in his white Ford Fusion following a brief police pursuit. Police saw Stephens exiting out of a McDonalds in Erie,Pa and followed him.

It was just two days ago when Steve Stephens allegedly recorded himself slaying Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old father of 10 and grandfather to 14. The video of the incident was quickly shared across multiple media platforms, garnering over hundreds of thousands of views. In the video(for those who didn’t watch it,-don’t), Stephens is captured in his car talking to the camera about how he just killed 13 people (the police have yet to confirm this claim) and he is about to murder one more person. Stephens spots Godwin, who was walking home after leaving an Easter dinner, walking down the street collecting cans where Stephens car was parked.

Stephens approaches the man and asks him how old he is. Seconds before he fires that one fatal shot, Stephens asked Godwin to say the name Joy Lane. “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” Stephens is recorded in the video saying. Confused and frightened, Godwin tried to plead with Stephens saying that he didn’t know anything about a Joy Lane. But, his cries were heard to no avail. As Godwin shielded himself with his plastic bag, Stephens fired his shot. The video was online for three hours before Facebook took it down.

Joy Lane is reportedly the woman who sent Stephens on his murderous, vengeful rage. In another video shared across social media, Stephen explains that she is the reasoning behind his actions. Stephen claimed that Lane made him lose everything he had through his gambling addiction. Stephens filed for bankruptcy in January 2015. When they were set to get married and didn’t, Stephens couldn’t handle the emotional trauma.

The video went on as Stephens talked about his poor relationship with his mother, Maggie Green. in the video Stephens said that he reached out to his mother and told her that he was afraid he was going to hurt people. According to Stephens he
Stephens ended the video stating that he wasn’t going to stop killing until his mother or his ex, Lane, gave him call.

In a text to CBS Joy Lane, said “we had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened.” She went on to say that Stephens was “a nice guy” who was generous to everyone and that he treated her and her children very well. Neighbors of Lane said they spotted Stephens at her house two days ago fixing her garage.

Stephens worked at a social services agency in Cleveland that deals with vulnerable young people called Beech Brook. The spokeswoman of Beech Brook, Nancy Kortemeyer, said Stephens helped them gain job skills and find employment. “We are shocked and horrified like everyone else,” said Nancy Kortemeyer. “To think that one of our employees could do this is awful.” Employees at Beech Brook are required to undergo an extensive background check before being approved for employment. Stephens report showed no signs of mental health issues.

Surprisingly enough, several family members of Godwin were quick to forgive the murderer.
“Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer,” Godwin’s daughter Tonya Godwin Baines said Monday.
However when the news broke that Stephens killed himself,Godwin’s daughter Brenda Haymon had something else to say about the horrific incident.

“All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of one hundred bullets,” Brenda Haymon told CNN. “I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself.”

“They don’t make men like him anymore. He was definitely one in a million,” said another daughter, Debbie Godwin.

Residents of Ohio can sleep a little easier tonight knowing that the soulless man killed himself. Our prayers are with the family members of Robert Godwin Sr at this time.

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