We would like to pay our respects to the elderly man who was shot and killed senselessly on Facebook live. His killer, an Ohio man who claims in the apparent video (we refuse to watch it) that it is happening to him because of a woman, of whom the victim has no knowledge of. The victim has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr., 74. Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Steve Stephens.
Even as horrendous of a crime this is, the worse part is that people on social media keep sharing the video. Why!?!
It is absolutely ridiculous to continue to share something so heinous and absurd. Are we that desensitized to crime and murder that we treat it in the same manner of a video of a cat playing the piano? WAKE UP WORLD!
There have been several GoFundMe accounts exploiting this unfortunate event.
We pray for the family of Robert Goodwin, in hopes that his murderer is apprehended and brought to justice. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says local law enforcement are working with the FBI and searching the Cleveland area and beyond for the suspect.
In a separate video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people. Williams said police have not verified any other shootings or deaths. - latimes.com
This has not been verified at the time by authorities, but is currently being investigating as well.
The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was removed. Stephens’ Facebook page also has been removed.
"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook," a company spokesperson said. "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." - latimes.com
SHOOTING UPDATE: Suspect vehicle is a white Ford Fusion with temp tag Wanted male still armed and dangerous https://t.co/c2Ypm1i5qx— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 16, 2017