After a short pursuit, Stephens finally pulled off to the side of the road, where he shot himself and died on scene.
A tragic end to a completely horrific story. But the courage of these brave McDonald’s employees is admirable, and there’s no doubt that they protected others in their community by boldly stepping out and alerting police.
After learning of their father’s murder, the Godwin children extended forgiveness and grace that goes beyond all comprehension. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Godwin’s daughter Tonya told the reporter that the family has forgiven him, and they want to “just wrap him in their arms.” Beyond that, they publicly shared their heartbreak for Stephens’ family—his mother, girlfriend and children who also lost a family member on Tuesday.