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‘Facebook Killer’ Steve Stephens’ Death: How McDonald’s Worker Tipped Off Police | TODAY

GABE GUTIERREZ IS IN ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, WITH THE LATEST.

GOOD MORNING. >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING.

IT WAS A McDONALD'S EMPLOYEE WHO RECOGNIZED THE SO-CALLED

FACEBOOK KILLER AT THIS DRIVE-THROUGH.ROUGH.

A REMARKABLE END TO THE MANHUNT THAT GRIPPED THE NATION.

THIS MORNING, INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER HOW

STEVE STEPHENS SPENT NEARLY 48 HOURS ON THE RUN BEFORE HE TOOK

HIS OWN LIFE. THE MANHUNT FOR THE KILLER IS

OVER. BUT FOR ROBERT GODWIN'S FAMILY,

THE PAIN IS NOT. >> I WANT TO SEE HIM GO TO TRIAL

BECAUSE GOD AWFUL WHAT HE DID TO MY BROTHER.

>> Reporter: POLICE SAY STEPHENS RANDOMLY CHOSE GODWIN AND

MURDERED HIM, POSTING THE HORRIFYING VIDEO ON FACEBOOK.

>> HE TOOK ALL OF THE DIGNITY HE HAD.

WE ALL KNOW WE GOING TO DIE. BUT NOT LIKE THAT.

NOT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. >> Reporter: THE MANHUNT'S

VIOLENT END CAME 100 MILES NORTH OF CLEVELAND, IN ERIE,

PENNSYLVANIA. A SHARP-EYED EMPLOYEE AT THIS

McDONALD'S DRIVE-THROUGH RECOGNIZED STEPHENS.

THE MANAGER SAID THE SUSPECTED KILLER ORDERED McNUGGETS AND

FRIES. BUT WORKERS STALLED HIS ORDER

AND CALLED 911. >> IT WAS GOING TO BE A MINUTE

FOR HIS FRIES. WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PROPER

PEOPLE WERE CONTACTED. >> Reporter: STEPHENS SPED OFF.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWING HIS CAR FLEEING THE SCENE.

>> THE UNIT'S PSP IS BEHIND A WHITE BOARD.

>> Reporter: AFTER A SHORT CHASE, HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

THE 37-YEAR-OLD HAD NO CRIMINAL HISTORY BUT HAD RECENTLY FILED

FOR BANKRUPTCY. >> I LOST EVERYTHING.

I LOST EVERYTHING I HAD, MAN. >> Reporter: IN A VIDEO RANT, HE

BLAMED AN EX-GIRLFRIEND FOR MAKING HIM SNAP.

>> HE WAS A SWEET MAN AT HEART. >> Reporter: HIS FRIEND, JASON,

SAYS STEPHENS CALLED HIM JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE MURDER.

>> HE TOLD ME TO CALL HIM RIGHT BACK ONCE I SAW THE FACEBOOK

POST. I ATTEMPTED TO CALL HIM BACK AND

HE DID NOT ANSWER. I WENT TO THE POLICE ONCE I SAW

IT. >> Reporter: MANY HERE IN ERIE,

PENNSYLVANIA, ARE HOPING THE McDONALD'S EMPLOYEE MIGHT BE IN

LINE FOR THE $50,000 REWARD. ROBERT GODWIN'S FAMILY IS

PLANNING HIS FUNERAL. HIS DAUGHTER TELLING US, THEY

HAVE AN OVERWHELMING SADNESS. >> SOME UPLIFT WHEN YOU THINK

ABOUT WHAT THE McDONALD'S WORKERS DID IN THE MOMENT AND

THE COURAGE IT TOOK TO KEEP HIM WAITING THERE, KNOWING