Report: Godwin, Sr.'s family coming from Alabama to Cleveland for Saturday funeral

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The family of Robert Godwin, Sr. is nearing closure now that the manhunt for the 74-year-old's murderer is over.

Robert was killed on Easter Sunday when Steve Stephens randomly and tragically shot the elderly man, and then posted the video onto his Facebook account. On Tuesday, the 3-day search for the suspect ended in Erie, Pennsylvania. after he killed himself in his car following a brief pursuit with police.

The man was originally from Alabama and moved to northeast Ohio with one of his sisters. He worked on machines for about 40 years before retiring. His family said they heard about his murder after receiving several calls from relatives that saw the video. Robert's sister, Quinnin Jones, said, "He loved everybody, he never got mad at anybody."

According to Alabama affiliate WSFA, Robert's family in Alabama is planning to leave for Cleveland on Thursday to attend his funeral, which is scheduled for Saturday morning.

The victim was the father of several children and had 14 grandchildren. He also has nine siblings. His family said they had a difficult time explaining what happened to his 89-year-old mother.

Support for Godwin, Sr. and his family have poured in from across the country. A vigil was held and a makeshift memorial was placed near the spot of Godwin, Sr.'s death. Strangers and celebrities express their sorrows on social media. Tens of thousands of dollars have been donated to his family through a GoFundMe account.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Pastor Tony Williams from the River of Life Ministries at 24600 Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid will hold visitation at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. funeral services. The public is welcome.

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