Stephens made the 74-year-old Godwin say Lane's name before gunning him down at random Easter Sunday on Cleveland's East Side, police say. And so, I just would want him to know that even in his worst state, he's loved...that God loves him, even in the bad stuff that he did to my dad...even though he's going to have to go through many things to get better, there's worth in him.
She told WJW she tried to call the suspect after she learned about what happened, but he didn't answer.
Godwin was walking down a street in Cleveland, Ohio, when Steve Stephens gunned him down, then posted a video of the killing on Facebook.
After his suicide, Pennsylvania State Police recovered a.45-caliber Glock handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, in Stephens' auto, and, according to a law enforcement source, a.380-caliber pistol at the home of his ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane.
Lane said she's devastated that the victim said her name before he was shot.
Lane wasn't home when ABC News 5 Cleveland came to her door that afternoon, but that didn't stop the broadcast. "I've been told I'm the one who should have died". Several of the Godwin children have also stated that they held no ill will towards Lane. She urged him to seek help for his gambling issues.
According to Lane, her last conversation with Stephens was last Saturday and he told her he had quit his job and was moving out of state.
Stephens fled and Pennsylvania State Police troopers pursued, prompting an officer to ram the auto to disable it.
"We are sorry, too", said one of Godwin's daughters. "We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I'm sure, that not only the family, but the city in general would have had for Steve". "We want to wrap our arms around him", Tonya Godwin-Baines told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday after Stephens' death. "And didn't know me or why he was saying it".