Monday 10 April 2023

Cash App co-founder STABBED to death in San Francisco, ignored by bystanders

 The co-founder of the mobile payment service Cash App was killed in a stabbing incident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) identified the victim as 43-year-old Bob Lee. According to law enforcement, Lee was attacked in the early morning of April 4 near Rincon Hill and the Bay Bridge. SFPD officers who responded to a report of a crime found an unconscious Lee suffering from stab wounds.

Officers called for medics who transported Lee to a nearby hospital, stated a police report. Unfortunately, the Cash App co-founder succumbed to his injuries and died. He left behind his wife Krista and their two children.

The SFPD said its homicide detail is investigating at the moment, and no arrests have been made in the case as of writing.

Prior to his death, Lee had been the incumbent chief product officer of MobileCoin. He also served as the first chief technology officer of digital payment company Square, which was established by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. During the 2000s, Lee worked at Google and assisted in the development of the Android mobile operating system.

“There is no place for this kind of violent crime against anyone in our city,” SFPD Chief Bill Scott said. “I want to assure everyone that our investigators are working tirelessly to make an arrest and bring justice to Mr. Lee and his loved ones, just as we try to do on every homicide that occurs in our city.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also denounced Lee’s fatal stabbing in a statement to ABC News. She wrote that the Cash App founder’s death marks a “horrible tragedy” and that law enforcement is “actively investigating what happened and will share details as soon as they can.”

Musk questions violent crime in the City by the Bay

The New York Post reported that several bystanders turned a blind eye to Lee despite his obvious injuries, as captured by surveillance footage.

He initially walked up to a parked car that had its hazard lights on to ask for help, and even lifted his shirt to show the driver his wounds. However, the car’s driver sped away as Lee collapsed to the ground. He staggered over to a nearby apartment building before collapsing a second time, but the front desk and lobby were devoid of people.

The Cash App co-founder fumbled with his phone, until the headlights of a passing car rushed in front of the building. He mustered enough strength to raise one arm and jump back on his feet in an attempt to flag down the car, but his efforts were in vain as the driver likewise sped away.

He then called 911 and yelled to dispatchers about his stabbing. SFPD officers then found him unconscious.

According to Lee’s friend and mixed martial artist Jake Shields, the Cash App co-founder was stabbed while walking. “He was in the ‘good part’ of the city and appeared to have been targeted in a random mugging/attack,” Shields tweeted.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk spoke out against the violent crime in the city that claimed Lee’s life. He responded to Shields’ tweet: “Violent crime in SF is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately.” Musk also asked San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins if the City by the Bay was “taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat offenders.”

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