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The family of Robert Godwin Sr. said their final goodbyes today to a man they say was kind, gentle and taught them the importance of forgiveness.

“It’s not always easy to forgive, but we know it’s what we have to do, and it’s what my father taught us to do ,” said Tonya R. Godwin- Baines, one of Godwin’s 10 children. “So we forgive Mr. Stephens. ”

Godwin was shot to death Sunday after an Easter celebration while walking on East 93rd Street in Cleveland.

Steve Stephens, 37, was the alleged shooter and posted video of the killing on Facebook. After a multi-state manhunt, Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pa., Tuesday.

Godwin’s funeral service was held today at River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid.

The service was open to the public.

Family members say they are extremely grateful for all the support they received from the community.

Godwin’s family members say it is very important to them that their father to be remembered for the good he did in his life, not for the horrific video. They are asking people to please not share the video.

 

READ MORE: Fox8.com

Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

Picture Courtesy of RubberBall Productions and Getty Images

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