Robert Godwin Sr., a father, grandfather and great grandfather, was murdered by a man he’d never met on Easter Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio, after living on this Earth for 74 years.
His death was streamed live on Facebook and remained there for three hours before being taken down, leaving plenty of time for others to copy the video and disseminate it far and wide. It will likely never be scrubbed from the internet completely.
And while his killer, Steve Stephens, is still on the loose, people are now attempting to profit off of Godwin Sr.’s death with the creation of fake GoFundMe campaigns.
Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines, told Fox 8 that the family has not created a fundraising page for her father, but authorities have been notified of at least 35 fake GoFundMe accounts.
As the Daily Mail noted, one of the accounts claimed to be started by Godwin Sr.’s daughter, while another person claimed to be a niece.
The family cautioned the public as well on Facebook:
Shanice Dunning, a reporter with Cleveland 19 News, spoke with Godwin Sr.’s son and daughter earlier Sunday, and they were distraught.
They said Godwin Sr. was “a good guy” who would “give you the shirt off his back.”
“This man right here was a good man,” his son, Robert Godwin Jr., said. “It’s not real.”
“I feel like my heart is going to stop,” the grieving woman said.
His family said he spent Easter morning fishing.
According to Cleveland.com, Godwin Sr. was a retired foundry worker and is survived by nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Godwin Jr. said he last saw his dad Sunday morning when he came by to pick up basketball equipment for one of his other sons.
“He hugged my wife and me and said, ‘I’ll see you guys next time,’” Godwin Jr. said. “I said, ‘OK, enjoy your Easter.’”
Steve Stephens is still at large.