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Who Was Facebook Killer Steve Stephens?

Who Was Facebook Killer Steve Stephens?

Steve Stephens took his own life in Erie, Pennsylvania, ending a three-day manhunt that started after he posted a Facebook video of himself killing an elderly man.

The frantic audio tapes were released by ABC News just hours before Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens took his own life following a pursuit with police.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a press conference that Pennsylvania State Police received a tip that Stephens white Ford Fusion had been spotted in a McDonald's parking lot.

"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT manoeuvre, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head", Pennsylvania state police said in a statement. " ... We would like to have brought Stephens in peacefully and talked to him about why this happened".

Stephens, 37, allegedly shot dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin as the victim walked home from Easter lunch on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

Steve Stephens posted a video of himself shooting and killing a man on Facebook on Sunday.

The shooting marked the latest video clip of a violent crime to turn up on Facebook, raising questions about how the world's biggest social media network moderates content.

WEWS-TV reports that a video Stephens posted to Facebook past year showed him rapidly firing at targets at the range in Willoughby and being warned to stop by an employee.

Tammy Godwin offered a powerful and forgiving message for Stephens even though he left her family devasted, "we still don't hate you". He said he "just snapped". They last spoke on Saturday evening, Lane said, when he told her he was moving out of state and had quit his job.

"We lost our dad, but this mother lost her son, his children lost their dad", Godwin-Baines said. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. Local media said an employee at the restaurant's drive-through window called police.


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