The murder suspect behind the tragic live-Facebook shooting of Robert Godwin has committed suicide after being chased by police in Erin County, Pennsylvania.
A cross-country manhunt had been underway for two days as authorities tried to find Steve Stephens, despite the suspect live-streaming his antics even after the shooting.
Social media had begun brewing with frustration at law enforcement’s inability to capture the suspect, with angered tweets like these making the rounds:
— HPOV (@loosewordz) April 17, 2017
The news wants me to believe that this guy who is the subject of a national manhunt made it from Cleveland to Philly undetected GTFOH
— DaRapNiggaWitDaEye (@iknowbrasco) April 17, 2017
Cleveland police chief manhunt Steve Stephens
"This is what we would consider a national search"
How'd he escape?pic.twitter.com/rp7XNFxS83
— CC (@ChristiChat) April 17, 2017
But now, frustrations will hopefully yield to the grieving process as Cleveland’s own Police Chief Calvin Williams announced Tuesday afternoon, “The search for Steve Stephens has ended”:
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) April 18, 2017
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
A Facebook statement released by Pennsylvania State Police explained the details surrounding Stephen’s suicide:
According to Godwin’s daughter, Brenda Haymon, she learned of Stephens’ death in the middle of planning her dad’s funeral.
“All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of one hundred bullets,” said Brenda, “I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself.”
Despite the senseless and brutal way Godwin was murdered, many of his children were quick to forgive his actions.
“Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer,” said Tonya Godwin Baines, one of his daughters.