Immediately after the news that Stephens committed suicide, Cleveland 19 reporter Harry Boomer spoke with Godwin, Sr.'s partner, Angela Small. Her and Godwin, Sr. have two children together.
Small was extremely emotional following the news. She said, "Why he didn't do that in the first place?"
Godwin, Sr.'s family earlier offered forgiveness to Stephens, and said they wanted to wrap their arms around him. They were able to forgive Stephens because the family said that is what Godwin, Sr. would have done.