47 members of Robert Godwin Sr.'s family made their way from Alabama to the Cleveland area Friday to attend the slain 74-year-old's funeral.
The funeral for Godwin is planned for Saturday morning.
The service, which is open to the public, will take place at River of Life Ministries, 24600 Lakeshore Blvd., in Euclid at 10 a.m.
Godwin's gruesome death was filmed by Steve Stephens and uploaded to Facebook.
The group drove from Alabama, starting at 4:00 a.m. Friday, they arrived just after 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
It included his sisters Sheila McCarry and Quinnin, as well as nieces and great-nieces and a bevy of other relatives.
Godwin was a man whose Cleveland-based sister Ruby Godwin-Fisher said was the "sweetest person she ever met... He wasn't just her brother.... he was my best friend."
Ruby says she and Robert were the only two of their siblings to live in Cleveland and partly because of that, they relied on each other.
She called Godwin her travel buddy. Ruby says the pair had plans to visit their relatives in Alabama soon, which included their ailing mother who she says has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home.
"I feel like my heart is going to burst," Ruby said of the tragedy. "What am I going to do without my brother?"
At least now, Ruby will be flanked by family for Saturday's home-going services.
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