The refugee suspected of gunning down a pointless grandfather in Cleveland Sunday worked roughly 10 years during a northeast Ohio mental health group and had no before rapist record.
Steve Stephens, 37, is a theme of a five-state manhunt after he filmed himself sharpened 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. — an apparent foreigner he’d happened on — and uploaded a carnage to Facebook.
Stephens after blamed his partner for a slaying in a Facebook Live video, and released a explain still unverified by military that he had killed 13 people.
Police on Monday pronounced Stephens was armed and dangerous and “could be in a lot of places.” He had no rapist record and usually trade violations before to Sunday, authorities said.
Stephens had worked given 2008 during a Beech Brook behavioral health agency, that administers programs on encourage caring and adoption services, outpatient counseling, mentoring and school-based mental health services, according to a agency.
He started during a classification as a girl mentor; dual years ago, he became a vocational dilettante for a Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, that offers mental health diagnosis for teenagers and immature adults.
“We were repelled and frightened yesterday to learn about a conditions involving a threats by Steve Stephens and a comfortless sharpened of Mr. Godwin,” a trickery pronounced in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family during this time of grief.”
The group — that will offer some-more than 18,000 kids and families over a year, according to a website — sealed a offices Monday in light of a shooting.
The murder think graduated from a now-defunct Myers College business propagandize in 2002, associate alum Dawn Arrington told Cleveland.com. She remembered him as “slightly awkward” and “always shouting and joking.”
He was reportedly a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, that in a matter Sunday offering “sincere and intense prayers and condolences of comfort to a families impacted by a new sharpened in Cleveland, Ohio.”
Stephens is the eldest of 3 children. His mother, Maggie Green, pronounced he had stopped by her home on Saturday with a mysterious message.
“He pronounced this (was) a final time we was going to see him,” Green said, quoting her son, “If we see me again, it’ll be a miracle.”
In a brief phone call Sunday, Green told CNN, Stephens told her he was “mad with his girlfriend” and “shooting people” as a result.
Green could not be reached for criticism Monday.
Joy Lane, a partner whose name Stephens allegedly invoked on video before pulling a trigger on Godwin, elaborated on their attribute in a content message.
“We had been in a attribute for several years. we am contemptible that all of this has happened. My heart prayers goes out to a family members of a victim(s),” Lane wrote to CBS News.
“Steve unequivocally is a good guy… he is inexhaustible with everybody he knows. He was kind and amatory to me and my children. This is a really formidable time for me and my family Please honour a remoteness during this time.”
Tonya Godwin-Baines, one of Godwin’s 10 children, released a open defence for Stephens to spin himself in.
“To a immature male who murdered my daddy, we ask that we greatfully surrender,” she told Cleveland’s FOX 8 News. “I pardon you, and adore we though many importantly, God loves you. God can reanimate your mind and save your soul. PLEASE!”
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