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Suspect in alleged Facebook live-streaming murder dead

20 April 2017, 09:20 | Kristen Gross

Steve Stephens remained at large as of Tuesday morning amid a multi-state manhunt

Steve Stephens

"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head", the PA State Police report.

Emotional 911 calls from frightened Cleveland residents who found the 74-year-old Facebook murder victim emerged Tuesday - painting a chilling picture of what happened in the aftermath of the cold blooded killing. Video of the incident was posted on Facebook.

Facebook has been criticised for being slow to take the posting of the killing.

"I can only give you my only personal opinion based on the past", Pete Elliott of the Cleveland U.S. Marshals said. Stephens' cellphone had been tracked Sunday afternoon near Erie, officials said on Monday. "He should have killed me".

On Tuesday, in an interview with a local OH news station, Lane spoke about how her life has changed since Stephens recorded himself killing Godwin in Cleveland on Easter Sunday. "That's why he is shooting people and he won't stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop". Frederick tells Cleveland.com he recalls Stephens as nice and jovial, not negative. The chilling clip was posted on Facebook and remained there for three hours before it was eventually removed, sparking criticism of the social media platform.

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The woman believed to be associated has said she is "overwhelmed" by the tragedy.

Members of Cleveland's clergy had asked Mayor Frank Jackson to convey their desire to help Stephens, should he want to seek out their counsel.

Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor, was wanted on murder charges in the killing of Robert Godwin Sr., 74, a former foundry worker and father of 10 who was picking up aluminum cans on Easter Sunday when he was shot.

Videos Stephens shared show him talking about his despair over gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend.

"Keeping our global community safe is an important part of our mission", they continued, adding "We are grateful to everyone who reported these videos and other offensive content to us, and to those who are helping us keep Facebook safe every day".



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