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The Man Who Posted a Facebook Video of Himself Murdering Someone Is Dead

Update: According to Pennsylvania state police, Steve Stephens shot and killed himself in Erie County.



Original story: Police are still searching for Steve Stephens, the man police believe is responsible for shooting and killing an elderly man on April 16. The shooting was recorded by Stephens and uploaded to Facebook.

Steve Stephens is a 37-year old man, who lived in Euclid, OH, and worked at a mental health facility called Beech Brook. In the video Stephens uploaded to Facebook at around 2 p.m. ET, The Huffington Post reports that he was talking about a woman and says, "Found me somebody I'm going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude." Stephens then killed the man, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. Afterward, Stephens went live on Facebook to talk about other people he's killed. At the time of writing, police told CNN they "had no knowledge of other victims."

The video, which was taken down after three hours, is still circulating around the internet. People are outraged that it was able to stay up that long, considering other situations where Facebook has quickly removed "unsafe" content. It's another disturbing, dangerous trend occurring on the app, where people are using video and Facebook Live to commit suicide or live stream rape.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook," said a Facebook spokeswoman to the Wall Street Journal. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety."

Authorities warn that Stephens may have traveled to Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, or Michigan. According to CNN, he "was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt. He was driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates."

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