Three people who knew Steve Stephens react to his death

Posted at 2:29 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 14:56:23-04

Following the death of Steve Stephens, News 5 spoke to people who knew him before Sunday's shooting and talked about whether there were any signs that would lead Stephens to kill  74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

Ben Holbert, a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said some brothers spoke to Stephens in the hope that he would turn himself into authorities.
"Steve did reach out to some of the brothers. One of the things we attempted to do when we were on national television was to provide a familiar face for Stephens to turn himself in," said Holbert.

"He seemed like a very nice guy. He seemed like he wouldn't be inclined to hurt anyone," said Darryl Moore who is also a fraternity member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. "This is still totally just a shock. I can't believe something like this would happen."

Reverend R.A. Vernon from The Word Church said he tried talking Stephens into turning himself to authorities but shortly into their conversation, the phone line was cut short.
"I'm certainly saddened by what has happened. We couldn't be at peace until our city had a sense of calm. I'm relieved it's over but saddened it ended this week. On Sunday I was able to get him on the phone and do my best to calm him down," said Reverend Vernon.