Family, community members say goodbye to Robert L. Godwin (video)

Remembering Robert Godwin
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Mourners gathered in Euclid Saturday to remember the life of Robert L. Godwin, Sr., a 74-year-old grandfather shot to death by a man who posted the killing on Facebook.

Family members, Godwin's friends and hundreds of community members attended the morning services at the River of Life Ministries at 24600 Lakeshore Boulevard.

The message today was forgiveness.

Godwin's grandchildren sang about the example of love and kindness their grandfather showed them, and his 10 children.

"He would give you the shirt off his back. He was a gentleman," says Daughter Tonya Godwin Baines

Hundreds packed River of Life Ministries in Euclid for the 74-year old's-funeral. His family wore white. His sister Barbara, who came in from Alabama, says it's a symbol of peace.

"He would be like that, he wouldn't want us to drag along his death," says Barbara Jones, Godwin's younger sister.

Despite Godwin's horrific murder, his families' message was forgiveness. They say that's what Godwin taught them.

Cleveland city councilman Jeff Johnson says he's humbled by the example they've set.

"In the midst of the anger and pain, they told a nation, no one feels it more than us, we didn't get to say goodbye. But we forgive," Johnson said.

Those who never even met Mr. G, as he was known in his neighborhood, were inspired leaving the service.

"He brought so much love to everybody. I got a lot of people I got to forgive," says Minerva Cabeza.

Godwin's family says he was their role model and now, because of this tragedy, he can be one for so many others.

Cleveland police report Godwin died after Steve Stephens drove up East 93rd Street, got out his car, and shot him.

Stephens killed himself Tuesday, two days after the shooting, in Erie after a short police chase.

To help Godwin's family with funeral expenses, donate HERE.

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