Ex-girlfriend of Facebook murder suspect meets with victim's family

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his vehicle and appears to randomly target Godwin who is holding a plastic shopping bag.

Mark Zuckerberg spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday about the Cleveland murder video that stayed up on Facebook for almost two hours before it was removed. He said Stephens didn't speed away from the restaurant but drove at a normal speed.

Stephens, 37, filmed the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin and uploaded the gruesome video to Facebook with the title "Easter Day Slaughter".

Police later located him by a cellphone ping.

"Mr. Stephens, we forgive you, but we're asking you to turn yourself in", said one of Godwin's daughters.

A McDonald's employee recognized him and told Stephens the fries were not ready in order to stall for time as another employee called 911. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", the police said on Twitter, providing no further details.

More videos of Stephens surfaced after the killing, where he claimed he had "snapped" and killed 13 people.

Facebook has also been heavily criticised for its management and removal of illegal and extreme content on the site, as well as the sharing of so-called fake news stories.

A post shared online and in the media from Lane's now-deleted Facebook page says she "can't believe this is happening".

According to Pennsylvania State Police, officers received a tip around 11 a.m. when Steve Stephens' vehicle was spotted at a McDonald's in Erie.

The company said it disabled Stephen's account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the video of the fatal shooting and two hours after receiving any report. At a Silicon Valley conference Tuesday afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly mentioned the Cleveland case. "I truly can say I don't even feel any animosity against the guy that killed my father", she said.

"We have a lot more to do here", Zuckerberg said.

  • Joe Gonzales