Musk Blasts 'Violent Crime in SF' After Tragic Murder of Tech Exec, Demands Answers From DA

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The story of how Cash App founder Bob Lee died is horrible. He was only 43 and had two young daughters. But his death says everything about San Francisco and all the problems they have let get out of control.

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The tech entrepreneur, who was also the chief product officer of MobileCoin, was walking in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s district, in the supposedly safer, well-to-do Rincon Hill area of San Francisco in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday when he was stabbed twice in the chest. He called 911, pleading for help, crying out that he’d been stabbed. Video footage shows him walking holding his phone and his side. He begged for help from a driver. Heartbreaking video from a nearby building showed him lifting his shirt to show a driver his wounds to prove that he needed help, but the driver drove away, and Lee collapsed to the ground. Police arrived six minutes later and he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, but he died.

Lee had recognized that things were getting out of control in the city and recently moved to Florida.

Lee’s pal and mixed martial arts champion Jake Shields told NewsNation that Lee had just moved away from the Bay Area city after remarking on its decline as drug abuse and crime have spiraled out of control.

“[Lee] did comment on San Francisco deteriorating, which is why he had just relocated to Miami,” Shields told the outlet.

He was in San Francisco again because he was involved in a business summit for MobileCoin that took place last week.

“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.

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The police are not commenting yet on whether this was a random attack or targeted, although Shields said it appeared to be random. He also expressed his feeling about San Francisco, after the killing of his friend.

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Shields used to live in the area in which Lee was killed, but he also fled for Las Vegas.

“The city — it’s had problems for a while. But it’s very clear to anyone that’s been there for a long time that it keeps getting worse,” Shields said. “People talk and say they’re going to do things, but no one does anything.”

This crime has sparked a lot of outrage, not only over his death but about the continuing problems of violent crime in the city that are affecting everyone.

Even Elon Musk has weighed in, responding to Shields, and asking the San Francisco District Attorney what are they going to do about the problems. Musk has to be in San Francisco periodically because the Twitter headquarters are there. I would have to guess that he might be thinking about moving out too.

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“Many people I know have been severely assaulted,” Musk tweeted. “Violent crime in SF is horrific and even if attackers are caught, they are often released immediately.” “Is the city taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat offenders?” he asked the San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

Jenkins claimed that they were.

The police haven’t said yet whether they think this was random or targeted. Jenkins claimed that Musk’s tweet had “assumptions” and that said that they needed to wait for the facts in the matter.

Yes, how dare anyone assume that they should be able to walk safely down the street? No, we don’t know all the facts behind the attack on Lee. But we do know that the city is unsafe, and has been, for a long time. Indeed, it’s shameful that no one helped Lee. I’m also willing to bet that, given the unsafe nature of the city, the person he appealed to may have been afraid. Lee’s death highlights the problems, but as Shields says, this has been going on for a long time and most of it can be laid at the doorstep of the Democratic politicians who care more about politics or agenda items than keeping people safe and solving the issues. Ironically, the city where Democrats worked to try to defund the police is now begging for federal aid to deal with the result of their bad policies. It isn’t so much about the money, it’s about the bad policies. That’s what they have to change to solve any of these problems.

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