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Robert Godwin GoFundMe Account Will Support His Family

A GoFundMe account that was set up in memory of Robert Godwin Sr., the 74-year-old Cleveland man whose murder was posted on Facebook by Steve ‘Stevie Steve’ Stephens, has raised over $57,000 that will go into the family’s bank account. Although the family and police told people not to donate to any GoFundMe account earlier Monday, the company spoke with the family and will make sure that the money will go directly to them.

In the hours after Godwin’s death, there were over two dozen fake GoFundMe accounts set up. In a statement posted on Twitter, his daughter, Debbie D. Godwin, wrote that GoFundMe accounts and fundraisers have been set up “fraudulently” and asked that they stop. FOX8 also reports that another daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines, told authorities about at least 35 GoFundMe accounts created without the family’s support.

Debbie D. Godwin also wrote on Facebook that the family has no plans to start a GoFundMe account for their father. “If you are ask[ed] to donate to a GoFundMe account, please know it is not us,” Debbie D. Godwin wrote.

One GoFundMe account, set up by Wesley Davis of Phoenix, raised over $57,000. This one has since been vetted by GoFundMe, which will make sure the family receives the money. “I am working with GoFundMe to make contact with the family as we speak. GoFundMe will ensure all funds are directly deposited into the victims’ bank account,” Davis wrote.

“I cannot imagine the pain his family is going through right now,” Davis wrote on GoFundMe. “I am just a kid from Arizona who unfortunately saw this video on Facebook and wanted to help. Take initiative. I’ll post photos of me delivering the help. I know this won’t bring their loved one back but it’s the least we can do. I hope they find peace.”

In a statement to Heavy.com, GoFundMe also said, “This campaign has been vetted by GoFundMe and they are working with the campaign organizer to ensure all funds go directly to Robert’s family.” Heavy.com later confirmed with GoFundMe that the company spoke with the family minutes after a police press conference. Here is the statement we received from a GoFundMe spokesperson:

We have spoken with the family specifically about this GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-cleveland-victim-family . It’s not uncommon for someone to create a GoFundMe to help another individual after a news report. We have spoken with the GoFundMe campaign organizer and members of the family, as well as local authorities. We’ll guarantee the money will be deposited directly into the family’s bank account.

Davis has also posted a screenshot of an email he received from GoFundMe, which says that they did contact a member of the Godwin family. Davis also briefly changed the header image of the GoFundMe account to this letter.

In an interview with 12News in Arizona, Davis insisted that he’s not trying to scam anyone. He said he doesn’t have a connection with the family. “I just felt so badly for this family,” Davis said.

Godwin’s murder was seen in a video posted to Facebook by Stephens after Godwin was killed on Easter Sunday. In his video, Stephens claimed he killed others, but police say there is no evidence to support this claim. In the shocking video, Stephens was seen driving up to Godwin and saying, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude.” He asks Godwin how old he is before shooting the man in the head.

Stephens was on the run for two days, but was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Erie, Pennsylvania. His death was confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Police. He was wanted on aggravated murder.

Godwin had 10 children and had 14 grandchildren. “He hugged my wife and me and said ‘I’ll see you guys next time,'” his son, Robert Godwin Jr. told Cleveland.com of the last time he saw his father. “I said ‘OK, enjoy your Easter.'”

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30 comments

  1. My condolences to the Godwins, may his soul rest in peace! Let the Lord almighty comfort and bring peace to the family.

    • I am truly outraged by this senseless and uncalled for murder of this Sweet, Kind and Caring Man. Mr. Godwin was heading home 🏡 from his Son’s house on Easter Sunday. He was approached by this Ignorant Steve and for no logical reason whatsoever was shot in the head and killed. My heart, sympathies and condolences go out to Mr. Godwin’ s family. I can feel the pain, hurt 😭 and suffering that they are now facing in the Loss of a Loved One. My prayers and sympathies go out to Mr. Godwins family. I am truly sorry 😐 for your Loss of a Great Man. May Mr.Godwin Rest In Peace and in our hearts ♥️ always. Peace and Love to the family. I am so sorry, and moved to uncontrollable tears 😭. God be with you in your time of need. May he try to answer your questions as to why Mr. Godwin was taken away from them in such a violent way. My heart aches for Mr. Godwins family. I love ❤️ you all, and wish you much love and comfort at this sad 😭 time. God be with you always !! Prayers for the family.

      • U are so sweet for this post im so hurt behind this my words cant bring there love one back but i would like the family to know u are in my prayers

  2. You son of a bitch, Steve STOP STOP killing innocent people
    I’m praying that they will catch you real quick. People be reminded that you are not safe. Pray for God’s protection.

  3. Maybe you should check your spelling errors before posting your article. GoFund not GoFune and Goodwin or Godwin? Which is it?

    • Police Chief Williams: We’ve gotten word from Mr. Godwin’s family that there are several GoFundMe accounts set up not be the family. So they are asking people not to contribute to any GoFundMe or any memorial account right now in Mr. Godwin’s name.

      They are urging people not to donate.

      • I completely agree! One of his son’s actually made a post getting mad at people for getting his father’s name wrong. Spellcheck changes things. Innocent mistake.

  4. What celebrity will donate money to help this family,Shaq helped the young boys familyy sympathy and condolences for this family

  5. I’m truly sorry for your loss.. He seemed such a caring and loving man.
    He’s in God’s hands now..
    All our love from England…
    God bless

  6. THERE ARE TOO MANY SCAMMERS SETTING UP FAKE ACCOUNTS

    The Family will make an announcement, and requests no GoFundMe donations are made until that time.

  7. FAMILY ADVISED NOT TO SEND MONEY TO GO FUND ACCOUNTS, BASED ON NO KNOWLEDGE OF ONE ADMINISTERED AND SET UP BY FAMILY. DO NOT GET SCAMMED!!!!
    !!!!!!4/17/17 @ 1145 A.M.

  8. My heart truly goes out for the Godwin family. The video made me burst into tears, I hope this sick and lunatic man gets caught.😔💜

  9. My condolences to your family this was such a very very sad and pointless act….this truely angers me to see/hear that a person cant do such a heartless act….sending much love and prayers to your family…

  10. Giving my condolences to the Entire. Godwin family. So tragic and so sad. My prayers are for you that God will comfort you thru your grieving. It’s a shame that people don’t realize we belong to. God. I’m praying that you’ll get closure and this heartless killer is caught.

  11. It really saddens me that Fb is not a part of the blame for this…how many times r u guys fb gonna allow ur site to b used as a murder site!!!!I would sue you guys also…Real Talk

  12. I am truly devastated bye this, I hope and pray your family can find some kind of peace from this tragedy, your family and friends are in my Prayers! God bless you and yours!!

  13. Although the senseless killing of this man should be strongly condemned, I doubt very seriously that this family needs to raise public funds for his burial. It is highly likely that he like most people in his generation, especially black people, had several life insurance policies. I think that too often people use tragedy to exploit the public for money.

  14. Could FB DO THE DECENT THING and TAKE DOWN the video of that monster killing the sweet, defenceless Mr. Robert Godwin. Why don’t you memorialize his smiling face? What a horrific video for his family, for the nation, and mostly, the dignified Mr. Robert Godwin? Mr. Godwin is safe now. May God Bless and Keep His Family..
    I hope they know, the whole nation mourns.