Remembering Robert Godwin Sr., Brutally Killed on FB Live

Americans are on edge as the search continues for Steve Stephens, currently on the run after brutally murdering 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Facebook Easter Sunday in Cleveland. We pray Stephens is brought to justice and soon.

But today we want to honor the man Robert Godwin Sr. Godwin was a father of ten. He had six girls and four boys including his youngest boys, ages 11 and eight. His youngest children were from an 18 year relationship with his girlfriend Angela Smith, 34.

Smith remembers Godwin’s last words just moments before he was senselessly gunned down. “He said ‘I love you girl’ as he left. He always said that. He was looking forward to the lunch I was cooking.”

Godwin, retired since 2011, collected cans as a hobby. That was what he was doing when he was gunned down on Easter. His girlfriend said he collected cans wherever he went.

“My Baby-daddy had money in the bank. He was driving a 2016 (car). It wasn’t about selling the cans, it was his hobby,” Smith told the Daily Mail.

Smith struggled to explain Godwin’s death to his youngest children.

“I told them he is up there with God. God needed him. I couldn’t really explain.”

Family and friends held a vigil Monday evening in memory of Robert Godwin Sr.

“He was just in the wrong place, wrong time. Anywhere he went he would just protect the kids and now this has happened to him.”

The community struggled to find comfort in such a brutal and senseless murder. A $50,000 reward had been offered for information to help catch his fugitive killer.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.


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