NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Daughter of Cleveland man slain in Facebook video wanted Steve Stephens to die ‘hailed with 100 bullets’
A daughter of the Cleveland man killed in a video posted to Facebook wanted gunman Steve Stephens to die “in a hail of 100 bullets” — while other relatives hoped the crazed shooter would have faced justice.
Stephens committed suicide Tuesday, bringing a close to a three-day manhunt sparked by Robert Godwin Sr.’s tragic, public death.
Brenda Haymon, one of 74-year-old Godwin’s 10 children, said she wished Stephens had gone down a different way.
“I wanted him to be hailed with 100 bullets,” Haymon, 44, told the Daily News. “To do that my sweet father like that was just dirty. My father had lived a good life.”
She said she was “relieved” when she heard about Stephens’ death while planning for her father’s funeral — which is set for Saturday with the burial at Lake View Cemetery.
“I was relieved that he was not able and capable of hurting anyone else,” Haymon said. “I am angry. I am not forgiving of any of this.”
Another of his daughters, Debbie Godwin, said she would’ve rather Stephens stayed alive to be brought to justice.
“I’m not happy the man is dead,” she told Time. “We wish he would have served the time for what he did to my father. He didn’t get to pay any penalty for what he did to my father.”
“That was the easy way out,” the daughter added.
Stephens, 37, had been on the lam nearly 48 hours after gunning down the Cleveland grandfather in an apparently random act Sunday and uploading the bloody proof to Facebook.
He turned the gun on himself on Tuesday after an attempted traffic stop in Erie County, GoErie.com reported.
The murderer’s mom, Maggie Green, said he’d tried to say goodbye in a visit one day before Godwin’s slaying.
“Steve was a good Christian person … he just snapped … he had a gambling problem,” Green told Fox News after learning of his death. “He was a gambler; (that’s what) started all of this.”
Stephens told his mom he’d broken up with Joy Lane — the girlfriend he would later blame for the murder in a Facebook Live video — and informed her that “this is going to be the last time you see me,” she said.
“I said, ‘Steve, whatever you’re thinking, I love you … don’t go out here and do nothing stupid,’” Green said.
A spokeswoman for Beech Brook, the mental health agency where Stephens had worked with teens and young adults since 2008, called the culmination of the manhunt “a tragic situation on every level.”
“We feel terrible for the family of Mr. Godwin and their tragic loss,” Nancy Kortemeyer told The News. “We’re relieved that the situation has ended without any additional harm coming to anyone else.”