Man killed in weekend shooting was Cleveland State University professor

Facebook Live video shows people at party playing with gun moments before shooting

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- A Facebook live video taken last Thursday night, moments before a fatal shooting, shows partygoers at an apartment complex playing with a gun, and one person holding a bottle of alcohol.

“The last thing they say is, 'I didn’t know it was loaded,'" one man can be heard saying during the video, which was taken prior to the shooting.

A few seconds go by and then 27-year-old Anthony Stanford, who was a maintenance worker at the building, is seen on the video. A short time later he was shot and a 911 call was made.

“We were playing around and my buddy got shot,” the caller tells a 911 dispatcher.

Steven Leannais, 30, was arrested on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is free on a $10,000 bond. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

But Stanford’s family members say they believe additional charges should be filed.
“I can’t accept those charges,” said Trina Ford, the victim’s mother.

She says her son, who was very religious and a hard worker, wouldn’t play with a gun.

“That’s my boy; I raised him,” Ford said. “He has a little girl. He wouldn’t do anything like that."

Ford says she watched the video more than 20 times, and there is one part that she finds very disturbing.

“He walks in and they say, 'oh, we have a black guy in the house,'" Ford said. “If he was their friend, why would they say that? Everyone knew his name. They weren’t his friends. I want some answers.”