Cash App founder killed in stabbing near SoMa

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A tech executive died after an apparent stabbing near SoMa. 

The San Francisco Police Department is seeking information on the stabbing that killed Bob Lee, 43. Lee is the founder of the mobile payment service Cash App, is an executive at cryptocurrency MobileCoin, and also helped create Android. 

No arrests have been made and no suspect description has been released.

According to SFPD, officers were called to the 400 block of Main Street around 2:35 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing. 

Officers found Lee at the scene suffering from stab wounds. 

Despite life-saving measures by responders, Lee succumbed to his injuries. 

MobileCoin founder Joshua Golbard remembered Lee on Twitter saying Lee “was an incredible human being. Saying Bob’s name in the past tense feels ridiculous. I don’t even know where to begin.” 

No arrests have been made at this time, according to Jenkins.

SFPD released the following statement regarding the homicide.

“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. I 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 on every homicide that occurs in our city,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.  

“This investigation is still in the early stages. Because of this we are not commenting on evidence, nor will we speculate on the circumstances surrounding this horrific crime. Although we will commit the necessary resources and personnel to this investigation, I want to assure everyone in San Francisco that our department is staffed and ready to respond to all calls for service. 

“I encourage anyone with information about this case to call the SFPD 24-hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous or leave your information for follow-up by a homicide investigator.”     


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