[Photos] Vigil Held For Robert Godwin, Sr., Elderly Victim Of Steven Stephens Shooting

Posted On : 04/18/2017


The community is deeply saddened by the loss of Robert Godwin, Sr. Today, they held a vigil to honor his life and mourn his departure.

CLEVELAND, OHIO — This has been a troubling week for the family. On Easter, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. was murdered in broad daylight by Steven Stephens.

At the vigil on E. 93rd Street, you could hear cries of mourning and heartache over Godwin’s death — as to be expected.


Many people had positive things to say about his life.

According to WPXI-11 News, community members say he was the type of man who would literally give the shirt from his back if a person needed it.

Surely for those who knew him best, they can’t really believe he’s gone — especially in the way he left.

The family recalls that Robert Godwin, Sr. had just gone fishing earlier in the morning. And as you could see from the video, the elderly man was walking home when he was shot down in cold blood.

Godwin’s son, Robert Jr., says this incident hurts deep.

He mentions the last time he saw his father before the shooting. It was when he went to get basketball equipment for another son.

WPXI reports as follows.

“He hugged my wife and me and said, ‘I’ll see you guys next time.’ I said ‘OK, enjoy your Easter.'”

That was the last he saw his father alive.

Godwin leaves behind nine children, 14 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren. The source notes that the whole family is quite “distraught.”

You can watch video of the vigil in the footage below.

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