After the US police launched a major manhunt for Steve Stephens, who live-streamed the killing of an old man randomly on the street on Easter Sunday afternoon in Ohio, US, reports emerged that Stephens killed himself.
After a nationwide manhunt has been launched to arrest a man who live-streamed the murder of an old man on Facebook without a reason on Easter Sunday afternoon in Ohio, US, the suspect was found dead. Police said he apparently killed himself.
The suspect, Steve Stephens, went live on Facebook when he shot dead an old man randomly in Ohio.
74-year-old Robert Godwin was walking home from Easter lunch on Sunday afternoon when the incident took place. The man was extremely polite when Stephen approached him but didn’t see his death coming.
In the live-streamed video, Stephen approached Godwin and asked him to say the name of a woman, the suspect’s former girlfriend, before shooting the old man in the head.
“Can you do me a favour?” asked the gunman. “Can you say Joy Lane?” The victim said, “Joy Lane.” Stephen said, “Yeah, she’s the reason why all this about to happen to you”.
The old man was seen protecting himself and shouting for help at the time when he was killed.
The police have traced the woman Joy Lane and she has admitted her relationship with Stephen.
Stephen’s mother said he was crazy about Joy and might stop only when his former girlfriend would ask him to do.
It is clear that Stephen has been affected by his relationship with his former girlfriend Joy Lane.
Earlier today, Cleveland officials have also offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to his location.
In one of the old videos, Stephen alleged that he had killed 13 people and would kill more in future.
Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice-president of global operations, said the first complaint made about the video showing the killing came nearly two hours after it was posted.
This is not the first time such an atrocious incident has been live streamed. There have been several incidents in the recent past where two students committed suicide and live streamed it on Facebook in India.
It is about time Facebook reviews its violent content policies.