Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Thursday, September 7, 2017



Philadelphia Police Department forensic graphic artist Jonny Castro created a digital painting of Robert Godwin, Sr., who was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio.

Good evening

This beautiful work of art was recently completed by PPD Forensic Graphic Artist, Officer Jonny Castro.

This digital painting of Cleveland, Ohio homicide victim Robert Godwin, Sr. is being shared in order to get an extremely important message out there.

YOU - the public - are the best weapon we have in the fight against crime. Sure, that's a cliche - but some cliches become cliches for a reason. FACT: Mr. Godwin's killer is no longer a threat because a citizen picked up a phone and called police.

Every day in this country, individuals like Mr. Godwin are senselessly killed by cowards whose names aren't worth the keystrokes necessary to type them into posts like this one. Far too often, it is the names and faces of those criminals - not their victims - that are remembered as we see them plastered all over the media.

The sooner those wanted individuals are in custody, the sooner we can stop posting their pictures. Believe us - getting them into custody and off of our pages and streets makes us very happy.

We need your help.

Call it "snitching", call it "ratting", call it whatever you want. Regardless of your opinions on the police, please consider putting them aside for just a moment and giving us a call. You can always remain anonymous - and you can quite literally save a life.

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Godwin, as well as to the families and loved ones of victims of violence throughout Philadelphia and the world. We promise to work tirelessly to bring closure for these victims as well as the loved ones that are left behind to pick up the pieces.

Please. We need your help.

Thanks for listening, for your support, and for your help in making our city safe. Stay safe.

          We, the comrades of Unit 1012: The VFFDP, send out utmost condolences and heartfelt sorrow to the family members of Robert Godwin Sr. We will not forget him on September 7 and April 16 every year. Justice was served as the Facebook Killer had committed suicide.

            Let us remember how he lived on this earth.

Family members on Saturday (April 22, 2017) recalled Robert Godwin Sr. as a loving, gentle person who taught the importance of forgiveness.


 Robert Godwin Sr.
(September 7, 1942 to April 16, 2017)
On April 16, 2017, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. was shot and killed while walking on a sidewalk in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Steve Stephens. He posted a cellphone video of the shooting on his Facebook account, leading many media outlets, both during the manhunt and afterward, to dub Stephens the "Facebook killer". A warrant was issued for Stephens for aggravated murder. Two days later, he committed suicide by gunshot when cornered by police in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

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