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A muti-state manhunt is underway for a gunman that shot and killed an elderly man at random on Easter Sunday, broadcasting video of the shooting on Facebook Live.
Steve Stephens was identified as the suspect by police in a press release. He also went by Stevie Steve on his Facebook profile and claimed to also have killed several others during the day, though that hasn’t yet been verified by authorities.
Police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens late Sunday evening.
The victim in the shooting publicized on Facebook was identified by police as 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. To read more about Godwin, click here.
Stephens is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Police urged those with information to call 9-1-1 and not approach him.
Stephens, who worked as a case manager at a Children’s Mental Health Facility, is the son of Maggie Green, who spoke out about her son’s actions to media after the video of the slaying was published to Facebook.
Green has two siblings and resides in the Cleveland area.
Here’s what you need to know about Green:
1. Green Told CNN Stephens Was ‘Mad’ At His Girlfriend
Shortly after news and video of Stephens’ slaying surfaced, Green was interviewed by CNN and told her side of the story.
Green told CNN that her son killed Godwin because he was “mad with his girlfriend,” indicating that she pleaded with him to stop his actions.
“That’s why he is shooting people,” she said. “And he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop.”
She added that she was distraught and “in disbelief” about what has transpired.
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2. Stephens Also Blamed His Behavior On Green
In addition to his girlfriend, Stephens tried to cast blame for his behavior on his mother.
Stephens said in the video that he went to talk to his mother to say he was feeling suicidal and homicidal but she didn’t seem to care and he blamed her in part for his actions.
“Didn’t care, it don’t matter, people would come to me with their problems, I would deal with my problems everyday,” Stephens says in the video. “But when it comes to my problems, nobody gives a f*ck. It’s like I’m always the bad guy, no matter what the f*ck I do, people always making it out on me…. Innocent people about to die today. Hopefully I’m going to try and kill as many people as I can and be on death row or whatever the case may be. I just don’t give a f*ck no more. I’m beat, I’m tired, you know.”
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3. Green Studied Nursing at a Community School In Cleveland
Like her son, Green also pursued a career in the healthcare industry, her social media accounts say.
Green’s Facebook page says that she studied nursing at Cuyahoga Community College.
The school has its headquarters in Cleveland and is Ohio’s oldest and largest multi-campus community college.
Her Facebook page also indicated that she went to high school at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, graduating in 1983.
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4. Green’s Brother Died Unexpectedly In 2014
Green’s older brother and Stephens’ uncle Whitty G. Stephens Jr. died unexpectedly from a heart attack three years ago on January 28 2014, an obituary said. He was 53-years old when he died, leaving behind Green and his other sister, Sandra Carson.
Whitty was a reverend at a church in the Cleveland area and was the nephew of a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, Leon Ross.
In a post with the above picture to Facebook, Green paid tribute to her late brother on his birthday in September 2015. She has posted numerous other things with captions saying how much she misses him.
5. Green’s Faith Is Something That She’s Passionate About
Religion and being active with her faith are keys to Green’s upbringing and her passion in life.
In addition to having a brother who was a reverend and an uncle who’s a pastor, Green holds several other religious interests. Posts to her social media account indicate that she is a fan of the christian and gospel music genre and many of its various artists.
Musicians like BeBe Winans, Erica Campbell and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise are a few of those she enjoys in the genre.
is a sports, politics and general news contributor to Heavy. A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduate, Bucher spent time as the business editor at The Waukesha Freeman and was also the former sports assistant editor. You can follow him on Twitter @Buchage and reach him at email@example.com.
April 17, 2017 12:38 am