Joy Lane, also known as Joy Carr, is the ex-girlfriend of Steve Stephens. Stephens is known for recording his murder of Robert Godwin, Sr., an innocent senior citizen and uploading it to Facebook after his breakup with her. [1] [2] [17]

Photo of Joy and Steve Stephens (Stevie Steve) together before they broke up


Photo of Joy in her  United States Air Force uniform from when she served

Joy works as a Clinical Supervisor at the Murtis Taylor Human Services System clinic in Cleveland. More specifically, she is the Clinical Supervisor of Children's Behavioral Health department and in charge of leading a community-based team of Therapists and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) workers. Joy is also an adjunct faculty member of the  at Cleveland State University, teaching at the university's School of social work.  In her role, she oversees field placements for students at community-based organizations. [11]


Joy also previously worked as a Clinical Supervisor at Mature Services. She also worked as a Case Manager/Therapist at Beech Brook. Steve Stephens had also worked as a Case Manager at Beech Brook and it is possible they met there. She is a veteran and previously served in the United States Air Force[11] [9]


Joy graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master's degree in Social Administration/Non-Profit Management in 2009. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2004. [11]

Personal Life

Joy currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She previously lived in San Antonio, TexasWichita Falls, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona[9]

Relationship with Steve Stephens

According to Steve in his pre-shooting manifesto, he had dated Joy Lane for three years. Joy confirmed that they had been in a long-term relationship and that he had been a nice guy who was good to her children in a text to CBS News. He thought that she was the love of his life and that they would get married, however, they later broke up. In the video he also blamed his gambling addiction on Joy Lane, saying that she drove him to gamble and lose everything he owned. However, in the video, he also blamed his mother Maggie Green for the lack of concern she showed him. [25]   

Facebook Incident

On April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday), at about 11:00 a.m., Steve Stephens uploaded a video on Facebook from his car. He starts off by saying, "Found somebody I want to kill. I'm gonna kill this guy right here. He's an old dude, too." [27]


The man he was referring to was 74-year-old man Robert Godwin, Sr., who was walking on 635 East 93rd Street in Cleveland, Ohio. He was reportedly collecting aluminum cans. [32]

Steve Stephens approaches Godwin and says, "Can you do me a favor? Can you say 'Joy Lane?'" Puzzled at his request, Godwin repeats the name in question. Steve Stephens tells him that what is about to happen to him is because of her. Within seconds, Stevie Steve pulls a gun out and shoots Godwin in the head at point blank. He shows the dead body on the sidewalk. He then returned to his car and drove away. [27]


About an hour later, around 3:00 p.m., Steve Stephens filmed another Facebook Live event. He talks on the phone to someone saying that he snapped and "messed up." [25]  claiming to have killed 12 people.[25]  It has not been verified whether he killed other people on Easter Sunday. [1]  Steve's Facebook has been deactivated.

Photo of Stevie during the Facebook Live murders

It was later revealed that he posted a Facebook Live video before he murdered Robert Godwin Sr. [26]  In what is being called his video manifesto, he mentions that Joy Lane was his girlfriend and they were supposed to get married. After being with her for three years, he reached a breaking point and he abruptly left her on April 14th. [25]  He also mentioned his mother, Maggie Green, and said that she created the monster he is. [26]


In a Facebook post before the incident, Steve blames his Joy Lane for his actions. He claimed on to have killed 12 people and says, "I'm the #goodguy." [30]


In another Facebook post, he said the number of people he killed increased to 15. The user called it his "Easter day slaughter." [31]

Joy Lane's Response to the Murders

Joy Lane sent the following text message to CBS News about the shooting and her relationship with Steve Stephens:

“We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy... he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.” [29]

Joy posted the following message about the shooting on Facebook before deleting her account:

“This is the fastest way to update everybody. I am safe and with the police. I am Not okay… this is a lot. I can’t believe this is happening. I am very sad for everyone involved. I am praying for them and I am praying for Steve. He needs help.” She has since deleted her account. [28]

National Manhunt

Cleveland's Mayor, Frank Jackson, announces that there is a $50,000 reward for information that leads to Steve Stephens' arrest

On the night of Robert Godwin's murder, the search has turned into a multistate manhunt.[32] The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Steve Stephens' arrest. [34] Police got in touch with him once but refused to turn himself in.


It was reported that police picked up a ping from Steve Stephens' cell phone on the east side of Erie County, Pennsylvania.[35]  


Steve Stephens is currently evading the authorities and is considered armed and dangerous. Cleveland residents have been notified to stay in their homes. Steve is described as being a black male who is 6'1,'' weighs 244 pounds, has a beard. He was wearing a dark-striped polo shirt at the time of the shooting. [37]


Steve appeared to be driving a white-colored 2013-2017 Ford Fusion and is registered with temporary plates. Sources confirm that his plate numbers are E3636330.  It is unknown, however, whether he is still driving the car. [38]


Police received an aggravated murder warrant for the capture of Steven. He was eventually found in Erie, Pennsylvania after police received a tip from a McDonald's employee that someone who matched his description was at their drive-thru.


He was found by cops moments after and Stephens eventually shot himself dead after the pursuit.[40]