Bob Lee, Cash App founder and chief product officer of cryptocurrency company MobileCoin, was killed in a San Francisco stabbing, officials confirm.
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Police say the fatal San Francisco stabbing happened at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday on the 300 block of Main Street.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins tweeted that no arrests have been made and no suspect information has been given.
She also said, “I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Mr. Lee’s family members & loved ones for his loss. We do not tolerate these horrific acts of violence in San Francisco.“
San Francisco Mayor
San Francisco Mayor Breed released a statement to ABC7 News Wednesday afternoon.
“The homicide of Bob Lee is a horrible tragedy and my sympathies go out to his family and friends. The Police are actively investigating what happened and will share details as soon as they can. San Francisco is prioritizing public safety, including recently passing our budget supplemental so we have the police staffing necessary to have more police officers in our neighborhoods and to investigate violent crimes when they do occur. I’m confident that when the Police make an arrest in cases like this, our District Attorney will do what’s necessary to hold any individuals accountable for their actions.“
Friends told ABC7 News, Lee had no enemies and are convinced the man they knew would’ve handed over anything of value to avoid violence.
They say Lee moved his family to Miami, including his two young daughters. It’s unclear what he was doing back in San Francisco.
The shock of his stabbing death is reaching far beyond the tech industry.
Friends and colleagues of the 43-year-old father and tech executive shared their frustration about what happened.
“I actually lived right where he got killed, and I used to walk there all the time at night,” MMA fighter and Lee’s friend Jake Shields said. “I did start slowly feeling less and less safe. And that’s probably why I moved. I’m in Vegas now.“
“I lived in San Francisco for 20 years,” he continued. “And I feel like you got run out of that city because they’re just, they’re not up-keeping it.“
Shields said the two have been good friends for about five years, with plans to meet in Miami as soon as Thursday.
“We were supposed to be hanging out tomorrow night. So that’s a little strange,” he said. “It just happened, so my mind still processing. When you lose someone you’re like, damn, this is not expected. I know he had two daughters as well, that he loved quite a bit. That adds quite an element of sadness to it.“
Shields hopes that beyond Lee’s high profile tech resume, he is remembered for being an all-around good guy.
“He was a humble nice guy, you know? Talks about his kids a lot, family, just a generally good guy. He’s the kind of guy to give you phone calls and talk about issues and it’s there’s not many people like that anymore,” Shields told ABC7 News.
Friends and colleagues
Elon Musk replied to a tweet from Shields, calling out San Francisco’s public safety issues.
“Very sorry to hear that. Many people I know have been severely assaulted. Violent crime in SF is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately,” Musk tweeted.
In the tweet, Musk also mentioned Jenkins, asking if San Francisco is “taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat violent offenders.“
The CEO of Abra shared that Lee was a father, adding that “he was a generous decent human being who didn’t deserve to be killed.”
Supervisor Matt Dorsey told reporters, “This is not a city where anybody should fear for their lives at 2:30 in the morning. This is a city that has a vibrant nightlife and we should be safe 24-hours a day.“
“There’s no crime worse than homicide,” he continued. “This is something that is just unacceptable.“
Lee was no doubt a major force in the tech world. Before his current job, he acted as CTO of mobile payment app Square and the creator of CashApp. Early in his career- he also worked at Google.
Lee’s father posted on Facebook, saying “I just lost my best friend, my son Bob Lee when he lost his life on the street in San Francisco early Tuesday Morning.”
take from: ABC7 News