Who Was Facebook Killer Steve Stephens?

Murder on Facebook spotlights rise of 'performance crime' phenomenon on social media

Stephens, who cold bloodly killed 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. of Cleveland and broadcast the wrenching footage on Facebook, killed himself after a brief pursuit by police on Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a tweet.

Pennsylvania State Police say the manhunt for the alleged "Facebook Killer" Steve Stephens is over.

State police said officers spotted Steve Stephens earlier in the day in Erie County, which borders OH, after they received a tip that his vehicle was in a McDonald's parking lot.

Cleveland.com reports officers didn't find any electronic devices inside gunman Steve Stephens' vehicle after he led police on a 2-mile chase in Erie, Pennsylvania, and then shot himself dead Tuesday.

"I don't want that man to die, I want him brought to justice", one of his sons, Robby Miller, said.

The shooting marked the latest video clip of a violent crime to turn up on Facebook, raising questions about how the world's biggest social media network moderates content.

Brenda Haymon, daughter of Godwin, learned that Stephens had killed himself while planning funeral arrangements for her father.

Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday didn't shy away from controversy over disturbing videos that were posted to Facebook.

WKYC's Jasmine Monroe met with Godwin's family Tuesday afternoon to discuss the news of Stephens' death.

"We disabled the suspect's account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the murder video - and two hours after receiving a report of any kind". A tip was called into the police, who found Stephens in his white Ford Fusion.

In an interview with CNN, Stephens' mother said he told her he shot the man because he was "mad with his girlfriend". "This is a prime example".

"He's laying there -Oh, Lord have mercy", she said, moments after walking out her front door and spotting Robert Godwin Sr.'s body. "Period", Cleveland's police chief said. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

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