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Facebook Sued by Family of Victim in Fatal Shooting Video

Gunman Steve Stephens shared video of shooting the 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. along a Cleveland street

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    Search for Accused Cleveland Facebook Shooter Ends

    The manhunt for accused Cleveland Facebook shooter Steve Stephens ended after he fatally shot himself at the parking lot of an Erie County McDonalds in Pennsylvania Tuesday morning. He was wanted for the alleged murder of Robert Godwin Sr., and posting the video to Facebook. (Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017)

    The family of a Cleveland retiree whose shooting death was recorded and shared on Facebook is suing the social media company for failing to notify authorities about threats posted by the shooter.

    The wrongful death lawsuit filed over the April slaying of Robert Godwin Sr. calls Facebook negligent because it has extensive data-mining capabilities but didn't catch and report the shooter's threats of violence before the shooting.

    A lawyer for Facebook didn't address those specific allegations in a statement to NBC, first reported by WJW-TV, but she expressed sympathy for Godwin's family and noted that content violating Facebook's policies is removed when users report it.

    Facebook declined to comment about the allegations in the lawsuit.

    Sister of Cleveland Facebook Victim Says Shooter Took the 'Coward's Way'

    [NATL] Sister of Cleveland Facebook Victim Says Shooter Took the 'Coward's Way'

    Ruby Godwin-Fisher, sister of shooting victim Robert Godwin Sr., talk about the pain of losing her brother on Easter Sunday. "That was a coward's way," Godwin-Fisher said of Steve Stephens taking his own life. 

    (Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017)

    Gunman Steve Stephens shared video of shooting the 74-year-old Godwin along a Cleveland street. The 37-year-old Stephens killed himself two days later after a police chase in Erie, Pennsylvania.