Tech Executive Bob Lee Randomly Targeted and Killed in San Francisco [Video]
What You Need To Know:
- Bob Lee, the creator of Cash App, was killed in San Francisco in a stabbing attack.
- The attack took place in the city’s Rincon Hill neighborhood, and no suspect has been identified.
- Lee had been the Chief Product Officer at MobileCoin since 2021, and was on a business trip to San Francisco when he was attacked.
Bob Lee, the creator of the mobile payment service Cash App, was killed in a stabbing attack in San Francisco, California on Tuesday. The attack took place in the Rincon Hill neighborhood around 2:30 a.m., and Lee was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.
No suspect has been identified in relation to the murder.
Lee had been employed as the Chief Product Officer at the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency company MobileCoin since 2021. His close friend, mixed martial arts champion Jake Shields, tweeted that Lee had been walking in the “good” part of the city when he was randomly targeted in the attack. Lee was in town on a business trip, and had decided to stay an extra day.
Lee was a tech executive who had worked at Google early in his career, and had later become the first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Square in 2011. While at Square, he developed Cash App, which was originally known as Square Cash. Lee was a longtime member of the Bay Area software development community, but had recently moved to Miami.
Tech leaders, including Elon Musk, mourned Lee’s death and criticized San Francisco officials for the high rate of crime in the city. Violent crime has been on the rise in San Francisco recently, with 12 homicides recorded so far in 2023, compared to 10 during the same period last year.
According to Neighborhood Scout, San Francisco has “one of the highest crime rates in America compared to communities of all sizes.”
San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detective Raj Vaswani has appealed for anyone with information or video footage of the crime to contact the police.