Facebook video shooting victim remembered as 'good man'

Distraught relatives of a 74-year-old man killed on a Cleveland sidewalk remembered him as “a good guy,” hours after a gunman shot him dead in a Facebook video.

A man who identified himself as the son of victim Robert Godwin Sr., cried while comforting another family member after learning his father was fatally shot around 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

“This man right here was a good man. I just hate that he’s gone,” Robert Godwin Jr. told WOIO-TV in Cleveland.

Godwin Jr. declined to comment further when reached by the Daily News, saying “now is not a good time.”

Cops hunt for man who broadcast fatal shooting on Facebook Live

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s not real,” he added in the Cleveland station’s report, before walking away with a mournful woman burying her face into his chest.

“I feel like my heart is going to stop,” she said. She was not immediately identified.

The younger Godwin later told the Plain Dealer he saw his father on Sunday morning and had not yet watched the video depicting the gruesome killing.

“I don’t really want to see it,” he told the Cleveland paper.

His dad was a retired foundry worker with nine children and 14 grandchildren, said the victim’s 48-year-old son.

He added that Godwin Sr. was collecting cans along E. 93rd St. in northeast Cleveland, just blocks from Lake Erie, when suspected gunman Steve Stephens confronted him.

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The wanted suspect in Robert Godwin Sr.’s death broadcast the fatal shooting on Facebook.

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Cops initially said Godwin was fatally shot on a Facebook Live broadcast but the Silicon Valley giant later clarified that Stephen recorded the shooting and uploaded it to his profile page.

Before and after the cold-hearted killing, Stephens broadcasted on Facebook Live.

The video, which has since been removed from the social media site, shows Stephen egging Godwin into saying “Joy Lane” seconds before he opened fire. Godwin attempted to block Stephens with a plastic bag he had been toting.

“Oh, man. I don’t know nobody,” the video recorded Godwin as saying.

The suspected gunman, Stephen, remains on the lam, police said. 

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