The ex-girlfriend of Facebook killer and the family of victim Robert Godwin met for the first time on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Steve Stephens approached the 74-year-old at random and demanded that he say his ex-girlfriend’s name, Joy Lane. “She the reason this is about to happen to you,” Stephens said before ending Godwin’s life and uploading the video to Facebook.
In another video, Stephens said, “I’m killing motherf****rs all because of this b***h …She’s putting me at my pushing point…Today is the Easter Day Joy Lane massacre.”
When two of Godwin’s daughters, Debbie Godwin and Tonya Godwin-Baines, met Joy Lane, the three grieving women hugged, cried and prayed together, according to WJW.
Since the murder, people on social media have been blaming Lane for the Cleveland man’s death. Lane told the outlet that she’s still trying grappling with why Stephens demanded Godwin say her name.
“The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre, I don’t even know who Joy Lane is anymore, or how to pick up all the pieces of my world at this moment,” she said. “I’ve got a lot of negative comments. I’ve been called almost every cuss word in the book. I’ve been told that I’m the one who should’ve died, he should have killed me.”
But when Lane met the two sisters, they assured her that she isn’t to blame.
“It’s not your fault, we love you,” Godwin-Baines as she hugged Lane. She told Lane that she doesn’t hold any ill feelings towards her or Stephens, though she is still angry with him. Lane sent the sisters her condolences.
Lane told the local outlet she and Stephens dated for several years but parted ways as friends. She urged him to seek help for his gambling issues. Lane last spoke to Stephens on Saturday night. He told her he had quit his job and was moving out of state.
Stephens’ mother told CNN that when she spoke to him on Sunday and he said he was “mad with his girlfriend. That’s why he is shooting people and he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop.”
She told WJW she tried to contact him after seeing his Facebook posts, but he didn’t answer.
Godwin’s funeral will be held on Saturday in Euclid, Ohio. The service is open to the public.
Watch the video above to see the full interview.