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A group of close friends and fraternity brothers of Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens have opened up to FOX 8’s Maia Belay about mental illness, how they are shocked by the crime and with a personal message to Stephens to turn himself in.

Stephens, who is accused of murdering an elderly man in Cleveland on Facebook Live and who claims to have killed over ten more people, mentioned Omega Psi Phi in one of his Facebook posts and alluded to his fraternity in the videos he posted. Through social media he has claimed to have killed over ten people so far and in one of his videos, he also claims to be targeting “greeks”, saying that he would shoot them in the head until he was caught.

The fraternity brothers who made it clear that they are speaking as “friends and concerned citizens” and not on behalf or their fraternity say Stephens has not been an active member for years, and they have not spoken with him in several months.

When pressed multiple time by the interviewer to talk about the fraternity and make a connection with it, this is what one of the men had to say:

“We are all part of an organization, but I have to emphasize [Stephens’] organization has nothing to do with what has happened. It’s no different than whether of not he were a member of NAACP or any other organization. What has happened and what we witnessed live through social media was the undoing of a man emotionally and that is not the rational response to disappointment, rejection, or even breakup. Their lies the problem that there is some need for mental health intervention.”

They men stated that they are extremely troubled by what happened and extended their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. and used the interview as a way to plead for Stephens, if he was watching, to turn himself in immediately.

“We stand here in solidarity to suggest to Steve, if he can hear us, the sound of our voice, if he is by a television, please surrender because we care and we care that he gets the appropriate help he needs. But at this hour, what we care about most is this family who has lost a man, apparently a good man, for no good reason”

The men added that this is about mental illness and stated that if they had any clue he was capable of this crime, they would have gotten him the mental health help that he needs.

We commend these men for coming together, going on-air, and pleading for the murder suspect to turn himself in. They did not need to do it because they are in no way attached to the killing, but they did it to keep their community safe. This was the hard but right thing to do.

Stephens has not yet turned himself in and was last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag E363630. He is 6’1″ and 244 pounds. He is bald and has a full beard.


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Black Greekdom Collectively Mourns the Death of Kappa Alpha Psi’s Jayquon Tillman

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The Black Greek community is currently mourning the loss of 18-year-old Jayquon Tillman of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Tillman was an Eastern Michigan University sophomore who was shot and killed early Saturday morning at a party near Kent University in Ohio.

A recent initiate of the Delta Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and a member of other community and student groups including, the Kings of Color student organization at EMU and the Young Brother’s Leadership Council of the Washtenaw County chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, Javon was an active member of his community.

Friends and well-wishers showed up to pray and memorialize Tillman in front of the local Kappa house this weekend.

Members of the Black greek community from across the nation have taken to social media to show their support. Click through the slideshow below to see what they are saying.

Chapter brothers have created a GoFundMe account for Jayquon’s family to help with the burial and they have raised $8,000 of their $10,000 goal.

We ask that you keep Tillman’s family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him in the comment section below so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.


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Stabbing at University of Texas at Austin / 1 Killed, 3 Injured; 1 Taken Into Custody

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A student has been taken into custody after stabbing and killing one student and injuring three others at UT Austin today.

The suspect was later identified by police as 21-year-old Kendrex J. White, who attended UT and member of the class of 2018.

According to UT Police Chief David Carter, officers responded to a call from the Gregory Gym in the 2100 block of Speedway before 2 p.m., less than two minutes after receiving a call. The officer found White walking around the scene with a Bowie-style hunting knife and took him into custody.

The Police Chief stated that White walked up to four male students and attacked them. Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that the survivors of the attack sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

We were able to get find the suspects Twitter account and although it he has not sent out a tweet since June of last year, he states that he is “Future Doctor #UT18 Bio Major pre-Med.”

Currently, Watch The Yard’s founder happens to be in Austin and is interviewing students.

“I think it is really crazy and I think the University should have gotten the  out to us faster,” a sophomore told us.

“We were outside for like 20-minutes and did not know what was happening and no-one knew if the guy was caught,” a freshman who had left campus for saftey told us.

“They have monthly sirens to check to make sure that if there were a threat students should stay indoors and the one time they should actually use the sirens, they don’t. I had friends in their s=rooms at Jester that didn’t know what was going on until I texted them. And they were in the vicinity of the attack,” said another freshman.

We will continue to be update this post as more information becomes available. 

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Watch the LIVE STREAM of Barack Obama’s First Speech Since Leaving The White House

After 100 days, Barack Obama is BACK!

After three months out of the public eye, former President Barack Obama is stepping back into public life with a speech in his adopted home of Chicago. He is currently speaking to young people at the University of Chicago and these are his first public remarks since the end of his eight years in the White House.

Check out the live steam below!

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