Steve Stephens shocked the entire world when he walked up to an elderly man and shot him in the head yesterday. Steve is claiming that this is all because of Joy Lane, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and he made the man say her name before shooting him.
Steve said, “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you.”
Now, Joy Lane is speaking about their past. CBS News shared what she had to say about him and what is going on with her now.
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After Stephens posted footage of the killing, the video went viral on Facebook right away. Joy Lane is now revealing that she is Steve’s ex-girlfriend. They are now searching for Stephens after he claimed to have killed at least a dozen people, but so far, police have not found any more bodies that are linked to him.
Joy Lane sent a text message to CBS News to give her statement. This is the only time she has revealed her relationship with Steve so far. Here is what Joy had to say.
“We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”
It sounds like Joy Lane is hoping to be left alone and is no longer with Steve. He might end up reaching out to her at some point, but if Joy has heard from him so far, she isn’t speaking out. However, she might have simply told police if, in fact, her ex-boyfriend did reach out to her.
If you live in or anywhere near Cleveland, please stay indoors! A man identified as Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous! pic.twitter.com/NZRLtepmoq
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The victim in the shooting was identified as Robert Godwin Sr. A man who says he is the son of Godwin recently shared his thoughts on the killing. Here is what he had to say about the loss of his father.
“He was a good guy. He would give you the shirt off his back. I’m not just saying that for these cameras….. This man, right here, was a good man and I hate that he’s gone.”
Heavy recently shared a few facts about Joy Lane. She said that Steven was her ex-boyfriend, although some media outlets are saying they were married at one point. Right now, he is saying that he snapped because of a woman, and Joy Lane is the one he is blaming. Joy Lane is cooperating with police at this time and helping them in any way. She is asking that everyone else give her a bit of privacy during this rough time, though.
Joy Lane also goes by the name of Joy Carr. She posted the following message on Facebook.
“This is the fastest way to update everybody. I am safe and with the police. I am Not okay… this is a lot. I can’t believe this is happening. I am very sad for everyone involved. I am praying for them, and I am praying for Steve. He needs help.”
After this, Joy deleted her account. People all over Twitter are defending Joy Lane and saying it is not her fault that Stephens pulled the trigger. Right now, police are still looking for Steven, and everyone is hoping that he will be found soon.
Are you worried about your safety after this shooting? Do you feel like authorities are going to find more victims? Sound off in the comments section below.
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Update: Steve Stephens has killed himself after a small pursuit with police.