Mayor, police chief reflect on Cleveland Facebook shooting

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The murder of Robert Godwin, Sr., shown on Facebook, left the entire world stunned.

Until Easter Sunday, Steve Stephens was a relatively unknown. That all changed when he decided to act on his anger and fatally shoot the 74-year-old Godwin, a father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

After murdering Godwin, Stephens drove away, attempting to get away, prompting a nationwide search.

Steve Stephens killed himself in Pennsylvania, but his cold-blooded murder of Godwin sent shock waves, shaking Cleveland to its core. Fear that Stephens might follow through on his threat to keep on killing was real.

Cleveland is more relaxed now, but what did city leaders learn? Mayor Frank Jackson says the manhunt proved that calm, steady leadership from himself and Police Chief Calvin Williams, plus following up on more than 400 leads, proved effective.

Williams said having dealt with high-profile incidents before helped his department.

A funeral will be held Saturday for Godwin. The community can pay respects to Godwin and his family at the River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid.

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