The founder of the mobile payment company Cash App was attacked and killed on Wednesday morning in San Francisco. Bob Lee was an established member of the Bay Area tech community. His violent death at the Bay Bridge is a stark reminder of the declining living standards in the city.
The San Francisco Standard reported that Lee’s horrific death was partly captured on surveillance video.
The Standard reviewed surveillance footage and found that Lee was walking up Main Street from the Bay Bridge at 2:30 AM. Lee then crosses Harrison Street at Harrison Street, where he sees a white Camry parked with its hazard lights flashing.
The footage shows Lee lifting his shirt as if to show the driver that he is hurt and asking for help. He then falls to the ground when the car drives off, according to the footage. After he gets up, he walks back towards the Bay Bridge and then falls to the ground outside of an apartment called the Portside.
According to The Standard’s records, Lee called 911 at some point and screamed repeatedly for help. He said he needed to go to the hospital. Lee called 911 at 2:34 AM and the police arrived on the scene in less than six minutes.
The media and city leaders are trying to defend San Francisco’s reputation as a safe, peaceful place.
As of April 2, 2023, there were 12 homicides in the year compared to 10.
Reports of assault cases are on the rise by 2%, and robberies by 14%. However, rape and other human trafficking crimes have declined in significant numbers.
Statistics don’t mean anything if it’s someone you love who is killed in an accident in San Francisco,” Dorsey said.
“San Francisco prioritizes public safety,” Mayor London Breed stated in a statement. San Francisco isn’t as violent as New York or Chicago. Only 12 murders were reported this year, compared with 10 the previous year.
Lee was feeling unsafe and he decided to move to Miami six months ago.
Lee had left the area six months earlier and moved to Miami. However, he was back in the city for business. He was killed after he extended his trip one more day.
“He commented on San Francisco’s decline, which is why, in reality, he had just moved to Miami,” said Jake Shields who was a champion UFC fighter who knows Lee well.
Shields stated to NewsNation that Lee had “no enemies,” adding that Lee was a good human being.
“He was a respected figure in the tech community.” He never spoke about his achievements, but other people would tell you, “Oh yes, Bob’s a big deal in tech.”
Media and officials trying to put lipstick onto a pig by saying San Francisco isn’t dangerous are lying or delusional. The city would not be losing residents if it wasn’t dangerous.
Lee was a father of two.