Cleveland Police were hunting for a man who broadcast the homicide of a 74-year-old man on Facebook Live on Easter Sunday. The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, has allegedly killed multiple persons before killing Robert Goodwin Sr. northeast Cleveland near the Lake Erie shore. Facebook has taken down all his postings in this regard and deactivated his account. The suspect just wandered around Cleveland searching for victims, stopped at Goodwin, asked his name and shot at his head, which he broadcast the killed on Facebook Live around 2 PM ET.
Stephens uploaded the videos on Facebook as a part of “Easter Day Slaughter” and in one of the posts he claimed to have killed 15 other people and their bodies would be found in an abandoned house. Facebook took down all the videos and posts before getting viral. “This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” Facebook said in a statement. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”
Stephens worked for Beech Brook, a children’s mental health center. In a statement, a center spokesperson said: “We are shocked and horrified. We are just horrified for the victim and potential victims.” Stephens was described as black, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 244 pounds and bald with a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black or dark blue and gray striped polo shirt and was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags, authorities said.
Police said that the man is considered armed and extremely dangerous who is claimed to have committed multiple other killings, but no other killings have been reported yet. The killing of Goodwin appears to be random said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. It’s senseless, he added.