Photo: Facebook via AP
Photo: Facebook via AP

He was a gentle man with graying hair and a blue-plaid shirt, out for a walk on Easter Sunday in Cleveland.

He carried a white plastic bag that could rattle with cans — a bag he vainly tried to use as a shield when a stranger pulled out a gun on a sunny city sidewalk and ended his life.

But those who knew him say Robert Godwin, 74, was so much more than the victim of a horrific shooting recorded for social media, a seemingly random and senseless act that shook viewers and left a family in agony.

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