Angela Smith, 34, was in a relationship with Robert Godwin for the last 18 years
She tearfully told media about his horrific death that was streamed live on Facebook by Steve Stephens, who is still on the run
Neighbors in Cleveland, Ohio, tell how Steve Stephens, wanted for killing Robert Godwin, 74, on Facebook on Easter Sunday, was creepy and a gambler
Stephens had no criminal record and had been working supporting teens and young adults and was said to be ‘good with kids’
FBI and other law enforcement are offering $50,000 reward to capture armed and dangerous Stephens – and have no clue exactly where he is
The young woman who had two children with slain senior citizen Robert Godwin has revealed her lover’s last words to her, minutes before he was murdered.
Wiping away tears, Angela Smith, 34, said the 74-year-old had promised to be back quickly after a brief pursuit collecting empty soda cans, which was his hobby.
‘He said “I love you girl” as he left. He always said that. He was looking forward to the lunch I was cooking.
‘He said “Call me when the food done” and I was laughing as I said “Ok I’ll call you. I got you”.
‘He loved my chicken and dressing and couldn’t wait to eat it.’
Angela Smith, 34, had been with Robert Godwin for 18 years and with him had two sons Terell, 10, and Marston, 8, at the murder site memorial on E 93rd St. Cleveland, Ohio
Wiping away tears Angela Small, 34, said the 74-year-old had promised to be back quickly after a brief pursuit collecting empty soda cans, which was his hobby
But Mr. Godwin never came back. He was murdered at random and in cold blood by shooter Steve Stephens, who is now a fugitive and being hunted nation wide.
A vigil was held in his memory on Monday night, as the nationwide manhunt for his murderer continues.
Dozens of family, friends and community members gathered Monday evening to remember 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.
They carried flowers and balloons and hugged and comforted each other, while urging an end to the violence on their city streets.
A vigil was held in his memory on Monday night, as the nationwide manhunt for his murderer continues
Robert Goodwin Sr, 74, was murdered on the sidewalk by Steven Stephens, 37, after having Goodwin say the name of killers girlfriend, Joy Lane
Smith said Mr. Godwin, who was killed close to the house she shares with their children, left the house that day to collect tin cans, a hobby he held for years after retiring in 2011.
‘My Baby-daddy had money in the bank. He was driving a 2016 (car). It wasn’t about selling the cans, it was his hobby.
‘Whenever we went to the grocery store, he’d be checking for cans. This was nothing out of the ordinary for him. He didn’t need no money.
Godwin told Smith, center wiping away tears, that he would be right back for lunch and he was going out to collect tin cans, which was a hobby of his after retiring in 2011
Smith cried on the shoulder of her cousin Destiny Flores at a remembrance gathering for Robert Godwin, 74, who was shot and killed by Stephens who broadcast the slaying on Facebook live
‘He had nothing to do at the weekend and sometimes he would take his kids.’
She said their children, who were borne out of an 18-year relationship, were devastated by their father’s death, but could not fathom why he had been gunned down.
‘I keep asking myself “why would you take him? Why would you take him from his children?”… from his son, four days before his birthday.
‘I want him (Stephens) to turn himself in so my kids can get justice. They are hurting right now, but they can’t understand why this man has done this to them.
‘They just want to know why he took somebody who was so precious to them.’
She said their children, who were borne out of an 18-year relationship, were devastated by their father’s death, but could not fathom why he had been gunned down
The children are aged 11 and eight and have been given a simple explanation for now, she said.
‘I told them he is up there with God. God needed him. I couldn’t really explain.
‘He was just in the wrong place, wrong time. Anywhere he went he would just protect the kids and now this has happened to him.
‘To see him holding his bag up as a defense was like seeing a kid in trouble. It is heartbreaking.’
‘He was a good man, I loved him and he loved and respected me. The age difference didn’t matter. I didn’t care what anybody said. Now I have to live without him and it’s very hard.
‘I just want him (Stephens) to turn himself in to the police.’
Godwin had ten children, six girls and four boys. A $50,000 reward had been offered for information to help catch his fugitive killer.
Police in Philadelphia deployed SWAT teams and tactical vehicles during a potential sighting of Steve Stephens on Monday, which turned out to be a false alarm
Steve Stephens, who is still on the run in Cleveland, was a loser in love as well as on the gambling tables.
It was a combination of losing the girl he loved and his pay packet on the casino tables that drive him to murder Godwin – and to post the Easter Sunday horror video to Facebook.
The ruthless killer, who randomly took the life of the 74-year-old had little luck and developed a creepy ‘party trick’ to win the attention of girls in the Cleveland suburb where he grew up.
As a teenager he bought a python and would approach women with his slithering pet around his neck to try and win their attention.
‘It was a slimy thing to do and now he’s just a snake in the grass too,’ said next-door-neighbor Alexis Lee.
Wanted with $50,000 price on his head: Law enforcement in Cleveland say that Steve Stephens could be anywhere in the country