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Cleveland shooting victim, Robert Godwin, was from Alabama

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DALLAS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

The man who was shot to death in Cleveland, OH, his brutal murder posted to social media for the world to see, was originally from Alabama and has family in Dallas County.

Robert Godwin Sr. was shot and killed on Easter Sunday just after speaking to a man police say is Steve Stephens. Police say Stephens killed Godwin, then posted video of him online.

The incident sparked nationwide outrage and a nationwide manhunt for the man who told those watching he'd killed a dozen more. That claim appears to be false. On Tuesday, Stephens killed himself as law enforcement closed in on him in Pennsylvania, police said.

Three of Godwin's nine siblings sat down in Selma Tuesday to talk about their brother. His sister and mother live in Selma while other siblings live in parts of Dallas County.

They said Godwin was kind and loving and that he'd never had a problem with anyone. He was originally from Plantersville but moved to Cleveland with another one of his sisters and worked on machines for about 40 years before retiring.

Family members found out about their brother's death after being called by a number of relatives who had seen the video. His younger brother, Lindsey Jones, was the only member of the group who said he was able to bring himself to watch the video. He said he found no peace in knowing the man who killed his brother is dead.

"It hurt me so much to know that man walked around and killed my brother for nothing," Jones explained. "I pray for his family because his family had nothing to do with what he did. But when he killed my brother, I wanted to kill him. When they said he was dead, it was fine with me."

Jones said having to watch the media replay the video on various platforms has also been difficult.

"What got me so bad was seeing the same thing over and over again on the news...how my brother got killed," Jones said. "It hurt me to see somebody shoot my brother like that. He was defenseless. He didn't have nothing to defend himself with."

Sister Quinnin Jones said she tried telling his mother what happened on Monday. Godwin's mother is 89 and has Alzheimer's and dementia. The siblings said they plan to tell her as much of the story as she will be able to understand. 

The family is planning to leave for Cleveland on Thursday morning for the funeral, set for Saturday.

Jones said the burial will be the first step toward healing for his family. 

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