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This article was published on April 17, 2017

Cleveland man who posted murder video on Facebook still at large

Cleveland man who posted murder video on Facebook still at large Image by: Cleveland Police

On Easter Sunday, 37-year-old Steve Stephens from Cleveland, Ohio, uploaded a video to Facebook which showed him shooting and killing a senior citizen at point blank range, on a sidewalk.

The victim was identified by Cleveland Police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. He is believed to have no connection or relation to Stephens, who, in a previous video, said he was driven to kill people by his girlfriend Joy Lane. He also claimed to have killed about a dozen more people, but that is yet to be verified.

At the time of writing, Stephens remains at large, and police say he is armed and dangerous.

A previous report indicated that Stephens livestreamed the murder on Facebook Live, but it was later found that he uploaded the video some time after filming it. He did broadcast a live video separately, though.

Facebook has unwittingly played host to some horrific incidents captured on video. Last month, the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by several men was livestreamed on the platform and watched by nearly 40 people in real-time – and none of them reported the crime to police.

An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for Stephens, and authorities warn that he could now be in other states.

Via BuzzFeed