“I’m not happy the man is dead,” said Debbie Godwin, one of the daughters of the victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin. “We wish he would have served the time for what he did to my father. He didn’t get to pay any penalty for what he did to my father.”
Godwin said the rest of the family felt the same way about the news. “That was the easy way out,” Godwin said.
Robert Godwin was killed on Easter Sunday when suspect Steve Stephens shot him in a video that was later uploaded to Facebook. Stephens said in the video that his former girlfriend Joy Lane was the reason he shot Godwin.
The family said earlier that, while they forgive him because “it’s what daddy taught us,” they wanted the suspect Steve Stephens to turn himself in.
Stephens was seen late Tuesday morning in Erie County, Pa, according to Pennsylvania State Police. After police tried to confront Stephens and conduct a traffic stop, he shot himself, Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski said.