The power of forgiveness among African-Americans in the midst of devastating tragedy is a remarkable testament to faith.

I was struck by the way Robert Godwin’s children seemed so at ease as they spoke softly about forgiving Steve Stephens for senselessly killing their father last week on a Cleveland sidewalk and then callously uploading the video on Facebook.

Godwin, 74, was out collecting bottles as he often did, after enjoying an Easter meal.

“I honestly can say right now that I hold no animosity in my heart against this man because I know that he’s a sick individual,”

Debbie Godwin, one of Godwin’s daughters, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I feel sadness in my heart for him,” she said of Stephens.


Stephens, 37, shot and killed himself Tuesday when police trailed him to Erie County, Pennsylvania after a massive manhunt.

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