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Ex-Girlfriend of Cleveland Killer Meets with Robert Godwin Sr.'s Children

21 April 2017

The worker, who recognized Stephens as the wanted Cleveland Facebook killer, is credited with stalling him at the drive-thru window Tuesday so authorities could have extra response time.

The mother of Steve Stephens, who posted a video of him killing an elderly man, said her son had "snapped and turned into a whole different person".

"[The employee] said, 'I think that's the guy".

Steve Stephens shot himself shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday after a McDonald's employee spotted him near Erie, Pennsylvania and state police pursued him in a brief chase. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr. and we have a lot of work.and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

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Stephens demanded Godwin repeat the name of his former girlfriend.

Facebook said Stephens' account was suspended within 23 minutes of the murder video being reported, but admitted it needs to "do better".

"I guess he just gave up", Green said of her son. "I guess he wanted to be caught".

Lane said it has been hard watching her name dominate social media, where her connection to the killer became a topic of discussion over the weekend.

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"He would want this from us and he would say 'Tonya, forgive them, for they know not what they do", Godwin-Baines said.

Almost two days after Steve Stephens fatally shot Godwin in cold blood, two of his daughters met with Joy Lane for the first time.

After the Godwin shooting, Green said she called her son, whom she described as calm. She mentioned his Facebook posts and Stephens claimed to have killed 14 people. He was a "big exaggerator", she said.

"All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets", Haymon said. "And that's been hard", Lane said. But they ended their relationship and she pushed for him to seek help for issues with gambling.

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The sisters told Lane the killing is not her fault, and they don't hold any ill will toward her.

Ex-Girlfriend of Cleveland Killer Meets with Robert Godwin Sr.'s Children