PHILADELPHIA – Robert Godwin Sr. was shot and killed in the high-profile case involving a suspect who will remain nameless in this article for reasons that will soon become evident. The murder was posted on Facebook before being removed.

The suspect had been on the run for about 48 hours when an alert employee from a local McDonald’s in Erie County, Pennsylvania spotted him. The tip was relayed to state troopers and a pursuit ensued. After a PIT maneuver was used, the suspect committed suicide, according to police.

Not lost in the publicity to Officer Jonny Castro of the Philadelphia Police Department, is the life of Godwin Sr. Castro created a beautiful work of art as a tribute to him. Castro’s work was shared on PPD’s Facebook page. The following message accompanied his art Tuesday night:

Good evening

This beautiful work of art was recently completed by PPD Forensic Graphic Artist, Officer Jonny Castro.

This digital painting of Cleveland, Ohio homicide victim Robert Godwin, Sr. is being shared in order to get an extremely important message out there. 

YOU – the public – are the best weapon we have in the fight against crime. Sure, that’s a cliche – but some cliches become cliches for a reason. FACT: Mr. Godwin’s killer is no longer a threat because a citizen picked up a phone and called police.

Every day in this country, individuals like Mr. Godwin are senselessly killed by cowards whose names aren’t worth the keystrokes necessary to type them into posts like this one. Far too often, it is the names and faces of those criminals – not their victims – that are remembered as we see them plastered all over the media. 

The sooner those wanted individuals are in custody, the sooner we can stop posting their pictures. Believe us – getting them into custody and off of our pages and streets makes us very happy.

We need your help.

Call it “snitching”, call it “ratting”, call it whatever you want. Regardless of your opinions on the police, please consider putting them aside for just a moment and giving us a call. You can always remain anonymous – and you can quite literally save a life.

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Godwin, as well as to the families and loved ones of victims of violence throughout Philadelphia and the world. We promise to work tirelessly to bring closure for these victims as well as the loved ones that are left behind to pick up the pieces.

Please. We need your help.

Thanks for listening, for your support, and for your help in making our city safe. Stay safe.

On behalf of law enforcement professionals and good citizens throughout the country, thank you Officer Castro for the tribute to a gentleman known as Robert Godwin Sr. And kudos Philadelphia Police Department for the public service announcement.

(Image courtesy Officer Jonny Castro and Philadelphia Police Department Facebook)