Quick-thinking McDonald's worker leads police to Facebook killer

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 25, 2017

"When I saw him I knew it was him. This is a very hard time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time", she said in a statement.

"I've got a lot of negative comments".

Stephens, a job counselor who worked with teenagers and young people, was wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old man who was picking up aluminum cans on Sunday when he was gunned down.

The search for Steve Stephens, the man accused of shooting a 74-year-old dead on Easter Sunday, ended Tuesday morning when he was found dead inside his auto in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Godwin can be seen raising his hands in an apparent attempt to ward off his attacker before he is shot once in the head.

"I'm very glad that it's all over with and people can live peacefully and don't have to look over their shoulder and worry about a unusual person trying to kill them or whatever", said Melvina Lancaster, a Erie resident who was visiting the neighborhood where the chase ended.

Baines said it "feels like our heart is just ripped out of our chest".

Godwin's daughter, Brenda Haymon, learned of Stephens' death as she was planning funeral arrangements for her father. "A part of us died with him". Authorities say officers tried to pull Stephens over and, after a brief pursuit, he shot and killed himself.

In the video Stephens says he has committed several other murders in the past, however Cleveland Police say they have not been able to verify those claims.

"The drive-thru employee that was working at the time recognized him", the restaurant's owner, Tom Ducharme Jr., told ABC News.

We may never actually learn her name because she wants to remain anonymous.

The police chief said Tuesday that it wasn't clear whether Stephens had any help while he was on the run or where he had been and that investigators will try to retrace he steps.

On Tuesday morning, Stephens took his own life inside his auto in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Despite the fact that the McDonald's employee has not been confirmed as the person who contacted police, support to give the unidentified person the money has been growing on social media.

McDonald's applauded the crew members in a statement Tuesday to ABC news.

"We have a responsibility to continue to get better at making sure we are not a tool for spreading" video of violent acts, Zuckerberg said in an interview last week at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, before Steve Stephens, 37, uploaded a video to Facebook with the title "Easter day slaughter". "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's loved ones and all of those impacted by this horrific crime".

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