LISTEN: Children of man slain by ‘Facebook killer’ offer forgiveness and love to murderer (BCNN, 04/18/17)

1. According to the Christian Post, the children of a 74-year-old man whose brutal murder was streamed on Facebook Easter Sunday are publicly forgiving the killer, citing their father’s devotion to God. In an interview on CNN on Monday, a son and two daughters of Robert Godwin Sr. said they held no bitterness in their hearts toward Steve Stephens, 37, the murder suspect who shot and killed their father in Cleveland on Sunday and then posted a video of the killing on Facebook. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, daughter Debbie Godwin said she “could not [forgive] if I did not know God. If I didn’t know Him as my God and my Savior, I could not forgive that man. It’s just the way my heart is, it’s the right thing to do. And so, I just would want him to know that even in his worst state, he’s loved.”

2. According to CBS, Pennsylvania State Police say the alleged ‘Facebook killer’ Steve Stephens has been found dead in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Authorities say Stephens shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit. Stephens is suspected of allegedly shooting an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio, videotaping the killing and then posting that video on Facebook. Yesterday, there were reports that Stephens was spotted in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park area, but police said the reports were unsubstantiated. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tweeted his thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police for their vigilance.

3. According to Black News, Debra Peek-Haynes, author and holistic health champion, returns to Detroit’s faith-based community May 6, 2017 with a message of wellness and quality living through nutrition. A leading advocate in her field, Peek-Haynes, author of The Healing Kitchen: The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Living, has appeared in various national media, sharing her personal story to encourage audiences throughout the country. The American Diabetes Association recently named Peek-Haynes a national health ambassador. In an effort to take her message of wellness to churches, as part of her Heart2Heart Detroit touring series, Peek-Haynes has announced the “First Ladies Healthy Cooking Contest,” which will invite wives of pastors to compete in demonstrations that use healthy recipes.

4. According to the Associated Press, the son of a Baltimore police officer killed in 2007 was fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that 22-year-old Trayvon Chesley was shot in the head behind an apartment complex at about 11 p.m. on Friday. It was the third shooting in the area in a single day. Chesley has been identified as the son of detective Troy Lamont Chesley Sr., who was killed while off duty in a shooting in 2007. So far this year, there have been 90 homicides in Baltimore.

5. According to Variety, producers Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, through their company Revelations Entertainment are developing a multi-part limited series on the life of Rodney King. In partnership with director Sheldon Wilson, they’ve acquired the rights to over 20 hours of newly discovered, never-before-seen video of Rodney King, filmed over a 12-year period before his death in 2012. The project will explore King through his own words in the intimate, home video-style footage: his youth with an alcoholic father, navigating behind-the-scenes turmoil during his civil trial, and his life post-trial dealing with his injuries and his status as a reluctant civil rights figure.

6. According to the Huffington Post, after her Emmy Award-winning success on ABC’s “American Crime,” Regina King is now focused on highlighting the Atlanta child murders for FX’s upcoming series “No Place Safe.” The developing drama series, based on Kim Reid’s 2007 memoir of the same name, will find the actress reuniting with “American Crime” executive producer John Ridley, according to Deadline. Reid’s book explores details from her childhood during the summer of 1979 in Atlanta, where her mother was tasked as an investigator in solving a string of homicides that ended in 1981 with more than two dozen children and teens killed.

7. According to PEOPLE, Carmelo and La La Anthony have separated after nearly seven years of marriage and over a decade together. Though TMZ reported that the couple currently has no plans to file for a divorce, they are living separately after a difficult few months involving Anthony’s in-question New York Knicks career. Sources told the outlet that the split is amicable. NBA star Carmelo, 32, and La La, 37, wed in 2010 – nearly six years after they first got engaged on Christmas Day 2004. They have one son, Kiyan, 10.

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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.