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Details on Cleveland man who killed elderly man on Facebook, reps Omega Psi Phi

Steve Stephens (Facebook)

Steve Stephens (Facebook)

Steve Stephens brazenly shot and killed an elderly man in cold blood on Easter Sunday. The assassination of Robert Godwin, 74, happened on East 93rd just south of the Interstate 90 in Cleveland, Ohio’s Glenville neighborhood. Earlier reports say the attack happened LIVE on Facebook, but Facebook says the video was actually recorded and then posted. On Sunday, April 16, 2017 at around 3 p.m. Stephens stops his car and says, “Finally found somebody I’m going to kill, I’m going to go kill this old dude.”

He walked up to the unassuming senior gentleman and told him to say the name “Joy Lane,” then pulled out a gun and opened fire.

A bald Stephens is 6-foot-1-inch tall and weighs 244 pounds. He wears a full beard and was last seen near Cleveland State University. He drives a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags.

His ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane, is currently in protective custody.

Stephens, who works a mental health care manager, at Beech Brook, a children’s mental health facility in Cleveland, holds up his hands in a Facebook photo, likely a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


  1. Disqus_deez on April 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    They need to find him ASAP

  2. Ariadna Balderrama on April 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    He is the scum of the earth, this is why there need to be more strict gun laws

    • Jason Stewart on April 16, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      You can’t be this stupid. Do you really believe that this crazy person would not have used his car, a knife, or some other object to kill? If that old guy had a gun the crazy murderer would have been murdered instead. Do not make stupid decisions for the rest of us.

    • MIke on April 17, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I don’t think stricter gun laws would magically make him not wanting to kill anyone, he would have gotten a a gun either way if he really wanted to. There are strict laws on drugs and kids still manage to get them so your logic is flawed deeply

      • Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 12:11 am

        Don’t try to be so protective of guns when no one is being protective of lives. Point she is making is..there would be drastically LESS death.

        • MIke on April 17, 2017 at 12:57 am

          I was talking about regarding this case that having stricter gun laws wouldn’t have prevented this “incident” not to occur.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

            There is no way for any of us to know that..but if the laws were already it place then it sure would not hurt the odds of this incident NOT happening.. especially if he recently acquired this gun.

          • MIke on April 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

            He could have used a knife or a baseball bat and hit the old guy on the head multiple times, so you are saying there is a chance if he coudn’t accquire a gun he would have dropped the idea of killing once someone wants to kill they will kill. You are one of those people that think if laws will magically make the world a better place so please explain the shootings in England thats on the rise by your logic it shoudn’t be happening the law is pretty strict.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

            Key word* “could’ve”. If he had used any of those weapons then Mr. Godwin “could’ve” still been living today.

          • MIke on April 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm

            But you are talking a very slim chance if he wanted him dead he would have made sure and walked out.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm

            You can also assume that someone passing by could come to his rescue if he had a bat rather than a gun because a bat takes effort and time..a gun takes a split second and you’re time to buy for help.

          • MIke on April 20, 2017 at 12:26 am

            its all assumptions the bottom line is he would still hurt someone even if he couldn’t get the gun, this did not happen because they are not strict enough laws on guns.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 20, 2017 at 7:14 am

            Just admit that you are scared that the government will try to take away YOUR gun and get all this denial over with.

          • MIke on April 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

            I’m not even a conservative just a rational thinker try this I’m for legalzing marjuana and for guns omg mind blown how is that even possible oh and anti war for the most part think about that for a moment then come back to me.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

            You don’t listen..who said anything about you be a conservative or anything about marijuana?? THIS ISN’T ABOUT ‘YOU’… This is about minimizing guns to maximize life..(period).

          • MIke on April 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

            but in this case it won’t happen he would have killed or injured someone anyway

          • Mason Youngblood on April 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

   you admit kill OR “injure”…now we’re getting somewhere..injury means that Mr. Godwin could have to possibility of still being alive today. Thank you for your admission to the truth.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

            I disagree..coward killers are lazy killers and want to make a kill with as less effort easy and quick as possible and usually it’s “bang and get it over with” with a gun. Only real killers are ones who don’t mind how they kill, how long it takes, how much effort it takes with a knife, bat, etc. And they don’t mind prison time. This Steve character was a (coward)lazy killer. He picked an elderly man who he felt was near death(easy target), used a gun(little effort), took a head shot(no fight), and shot himself to keep from going to jail with the real killers(coward). You are giving this punk too much credit.

          • Spudslee on April 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

            I am sure all the victims of massive gun shootings will be comforted by your words!!! Especially the small children in Newton CT. Keep up the good work 🙁 Feel sorry for you dude.

          • MIke on April 20, 2017 at 12:26 am

            Thanks I guess? Even though I don’t need any sympathy I kinda feel bad for you also I guess feelings are mutual

    • Jason Mounce on April 17, 2017 at 12:30 am

      You ever stop to wonder why it’s the Gun Free/Safe zones that are the most dangerous and frequently have the most shootings?… Cause it’s a sign telling people “MINIMAL RESISTANCE HERE”. Moron.

    • Wesley Winfield on April 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

      If he wanted to kill that badly, I’m sorry, but no gun law was going to prevent him from it.

    • Mark Wilson on April 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Actually if there were no Facebook this probably wouldn’t have happened. With no captive audience this goofy flying carpet jockey probably eats a bullet from that gun in his bedroom or opts for death by KFC

  3. Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Steve Stephens, if you are listening…you got everybody in this nation looking for you for what you did to this defenseless father and grandfather..and we are all hoping to find you before the police do. If you think your life horrible before then you just wait until one of us vigilante citizens catch up with your a$$. The police is gonna find you ripped tf apart.

  4. J Alvizo on April 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    remove all guns from citizens and no one will get killed, simple. Only the law should have gun’s anyone else should be put in prison for life if found with a gun.

    • Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Wrong. You better hope you have a gun when you run into him. I will be glad that I do.

      • J Alvizo on April 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

        ha ha ha well guess what, if they remove all the guns, how is he gonna have a gun?????

        • J Alvizo on April 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

          Why can’t you do it the old fashion way, use your hands and give him a good ass kicking, i know i would.

          • Anonymous on April 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

            P.S. Do you normally talk to yourself?

          • Jason Todd on April 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

            Obviously you wouldn’t you’re definitely a pathetic libtard. A dandelion would kick your ass

        • Anonymous on April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

          You’re an idiot. He obviously already had his gun. But maybe you’re a little late, because he is dead..

          You think they can go around and collect all guns?
          Quizas necesitas regresar de donde vienes tonto.

    • Sharon T on April 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Finally! someone with common sense. I was born in a country were guns are illegal…not even the police had them! And there was an incident where someone got a gun and they were told the penalty would be life without parole when they get caught. That was a world that no longer matters. If guns are destroyed then not even the bad guys would have them. That would stop all the 3 year old children who happen to find one and kill themselves. I have never heard of a 3 year old stabbing or beating themselves to death with a bat. Violence begets violence. The new government is about to start a war in another country that will get a lot of people killed instead of moving toward peace. Yet when a gang member in Chicago retaliates against a rival it becomes about black on black crime. What makes dropping a mega bomb any better than a man in Chicago killing another man as retaliation for what that man did. At some point civilized behavior has to be to only answer.

      • Anonymous on April 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

        blah blah.

      • Jason Todd on April 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

        Ya bc everyone will behaved civilly if the government tells them to….

  5. CBaby23 on April 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The argument that removing guns from all citizens and only allowing law enforcement to go armed leaves every woman run household helpless against any male who chooses to overpower her, to rob, rape, or even murder her. God forbid there are children present. Not to say every woman has, or even wants a gun. But, those who choose to protect themselves (men too) should have that option. As for gun laws? Have we forgotten about the tons of “illegal” weapons that account for the greater percentage of crimes? Any idiot set on hurting someone could easily get hold of the weapon of their choice. Laws cannot stop a “criminal minded fool from commiting a crime.” The movie, “The Purge,” comes to mind here. These are clear and cut cases where it should be legal for the law to turn a blind eye and let good citizens (and bad) dole out a healthy measure of good, old fashioned, street justice aka vigilanty justice. Why waste the tax payers time and money? This man is clearly guilty. No trial necessary. Let the first group that finds him have at ’em. The KKK, street gangs, regular, caring citizens black, white, latino, who gives a flying fizznuck? As long as they leave enough evidence to prove it’s him? Job well done.

  6. Trevor Ian Sheppard on April 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Yea, just like stricter immigration laws will stop illegal immigrants from coming into the country…….

  7. Rusty Mouth on April 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    this guy is a parasite

  8. The Truth on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Nasty Que Dog he is …

  9. Sasha on April 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

    How are we gonna keep ignoring the important!? The problem is NOT the people who go about maintaining a gun the LEGAL way; being licensed and having a conceal/carry permit. The problem IS the guns that are in the streets, the ones that cannot be traced to any particular owner. The ones that are used in gang/drug shootings. Illicit firearms trafficking IS the problem that needs to be attended to, this is a HUGE problem in the US. Taking away my rights as a citizen is not going to stop the violence in the streets. Guns are brought in ILLEGALLY to the US from many different countries. <- And until this is solved and a person feels safe… DO NOT attack my rights of maintaining a firearm legally.

  10. ChocolateCity on April 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    God bless those children he was working around….that’s disturbing to me….this whole story is disturbing on so many levels.

  11. ThisISgarbage on April 18, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Yep lets make guns illegal, why we’re at it lets make drugs, speeding, rape, and stealing illegal. Because if it all was illegal then nobody would do it. Wait they are illegal and yet ppl steal do drugs, speed, rape, steal,and murder everyday. I will not be a victim if i can help it so i carry a gun to protect my family at any means. If you dont like guns fine dont get one. If you dont like weed then dont smoke. If ppl just do them and quit with trying to force their beliefs on others. Oh yea Cain killed Able and guns didnt excist. Js