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'Thank you' flowers sent to McDonald's workers who led police to Facebook murderer

A note accompanied the flowers saying, "Thank you for your quick thinking and courage. You are an example for our community." (CNN / CNN Newsource)

ERIE, Penn. (CNN / CNN Newsource / WKRC) - A grateful citizen sent flowers to the McDonald's employees who alerted police that Steve Stephens was in their drive-thru line.

A note accompanying the flowers said, "Thank you for your quick thinking and courage. You are an example for our community."

Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor who worked with teenagers and young people, was wanted on murder charges in the killing of Robert Godwin Sr., 74, and posting a video of the murder to Facebook.

Cleveland Police widened their search for Stephens into surrounding states.

The Erie, Pennsylvania McDonald's employees recognized Stephens as he pulled through to order food. They delayed his order so that they could contact police.

Restaurant owner Thomas DuCharme Jr. told the Erie Times-News that his employees tried to "buy some time for the cops" by telling Stephens his order of fries was delayed. Stephens said he had no time to wait and drove off, DuCharme said.

Stephens was stopped by police moments later and he then pulled out a gun and killed himself before police could arrest him.


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