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Bystanders left Silicon Valley star to die of stab wounds in SF 

Police crime scene. (Dreamstime/TNS)
April 07, 2023

New details have emerged in the stabbing death of Cash App founder Bob Lee with the release of surveillance video published by The Daily Mail.

In the footage, Lee is seen staggering down San Francisco’s Main Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, appearing to attempt to flag down cars, none of which stop to help him. 

One shot appears to show the Silicon Valley executive leaning over a car, possibly showing that he’d been stabbed. The car drives away. In another, Lee appears to attempt to flag down another vehicle, which doesn’t stop.

Lee then collapses in front of a residential building and appears to make a call to 911, reporting to the dispatcher that he had been stabbed. 

Lee was transported to the hospital but unfortunately died from his wounds. 

According to the San Francisco Standard, police have released few details about the case, but confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.

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“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Mr. Lee. There is no place for this kind of violent crime against anyone in our city,” San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott said. “We 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 in every homicide that occurs in our city.” 

Lee was the chief product officer for MobileCoin and a former Square executive. Lee, affectionately known as “Crazy Bob”, famously founded Cash App, which has tens of thousands of users in the U.K. and the U.S. He was in San Francisco for a trip when the attack occurred, and leaves behind two young daughters and a wife.

Elon Musk, Twitter CEO and co-founder of PayPal, tweeted a reply to former UFC/MMA fighter Jake Shields when he tweeted about Lee’s death. 

Shields and Musk both commented on the increasing crime in San Francisco, a reported factor in Lee’s decision to leave area home to Silicon Valley and move to Miami. 

Local newspapers have responded to debunk the claim that San Francisco has increasing crime, however, with SFGate reporting that while the city did see an increase in crime for 2021, the overall crime trend is down for the last five years.