The family of Robert Godwin, the man slain by the “Facebook Killer” Steve Stephens, told Stephens that they were willing to forgive him in the name of God and Jesus Christ.
While Stephens took his own life on Tuesday morning, the family were quick to forgive him for the brutal murder of Godwin.
Godwin’s former wife, Dorothy Crumpton, said Godwin was her “best friend.”
During the interview, CNN’s Don Lemon asked her for her last words before ending the segment.
“OK, since I got the last words,” Crumpton said. “‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’”
She added, “At the end of the day Jesus died for [Stephens’] sins, too, just like he died for mine.”
The original interview took place before Stephen’s was found dead. In it, the family called on him to turn himself in.
“I just want people to know that [her father] was a good man,” Godwin’s daughter Tammy said. “And he was a good father and he was a family man. And he was a good grandfather. He would do anything for anybody.
“Give us closure, just turn yourself in,” she added, addressing Stephens. “We don’t hate you. You took something from us and we still don’t hate you.
See a clip of the interview below:
Family members of Facebook murder victim offer forgiveness: "You took something from us, we still don't hate you" https://t.co/YJr62ArOly
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 18, 2017
Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin, said that her father would want them to forgive Stephens, no matter what he did.
“My dad would be really proud of us and he would want this from us. He would say, ‘Tonya, forgive him, for they know not what they do.’”
“I honestly can say right now that I hold no animosity in my heart against this man,” she said.
“I could not do that if I did not know God. If I didn’t know him as my God and my Savior, I could not forgive that man. And I feel no animosity against him at all. I actually feel sadness in my heart for him. I do.”
The daughter of the Facebook murder victim has a message for the killer: I want him to know that "he's loved by God" https://t.co/1lbr6fXvsX
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 18, 2017
As deranged as Stephens was, it is warming to see the family willing to forgive the man who so brutally murdered their father.