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Cleveland Facebook Murder: FBI Alerts Surrounding States

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Undated photo of Steve Stephens. (Cleveland Police via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 06:00 AM

A manhunt for the Cleveland Facebook killing suspect may be shifting out of state as police and the FBI have urged residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Indiana to be on the alert.

Cleveland police were searching for Steve Stephens, who filmed himself killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin, a grandfather of 14, on Easter Sunday, said NBC News.

Stephens uploaded the video to his Facebook page and bragged that this wasn’t his first homicide. He hasn’t been seen since then and was believed to be driving a white 2016 Ford Fusion, reported Cleveland.com.

Although Stephens claimed to have “killed 12 people,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, “There are no other victims that we know of.”

Williams called the random killing of Godwin “senseless.”

An aggravated murder warrant was issued for Stephens and police say he was believed to be armed and dangerous. Police said if someone spots Stephens, they should call 911 immediately.

The murder occurred at 2 p.m. when Stephens recorded himself leaving his car and approaching Godwin on the street, telling him that he can blame a woman, Joy Lane, for what was about to happen to him.

According to Stephens, he “lost everything” because of Lane, who he had been in a relationship with for several years.

Williams asked Stephens to turn himself in.

“If Steve has an issue, he needs to talk to folks to get that resolved,” he said.

“Steve, I know you have relationships with the clergy out here,” Williams added. “I encourage you to call them and turn yourself in.”

“Everybody is looking for Steve,” Williams said, according to ABC News.

Lane offered her condolences to Godwin’s family and to the families of the other victims Stephens claims to have killed as well.

“My heart and prayer goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy…he is generous with everyone he knows,” she said. “He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family.”

Facebook issued a statement about the use of the social media platform to broadcast a murder.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” said the company, per NBC News. The Facebook page has been removed.

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