College Student Shot Dead Playing Pokemon Go

Family friend says someone was watching him
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2016 7:59 AM CDT
College Student Shot Dead Playing Pokemon Go
Calvin Riley, center.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – A 20-year-old college baseball player was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco on Saturday in a crime a police officer says "makes no sense." Authorities say Calvin Riley of San Mateo was shot at the bustling Aquatic Park in the Fisherman's Wharf area, frequented by thousands of visitors each day, just before 10pm. A family friend tells ABC 7 that Riley was playing Pokemon Go with "a large group of people" when he and a friend noticed someone watching them from a hill overlooking the park. "Then when the friend came around a corner he heard a gunshot, saw his friend fall, and whoever did it ran away and possibly got into a car."

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Riley was pronounced dead at the scene. No one has so far offered a description of the shooter, but "there's a good chance someone saw something," says a US Park Police officer. Police aren't sure if Riley's death was related to the Pokemon game but say he wasn't robbed, per the Los Angeles Times. Originally from Lowell, Mass., Riley pitched for the baseball team at San Joaquin Delta College, where he was studying kinesiology. He was "the kind of kid you want yours to grow up to be," a coach tells the San Francisco Examiner. "It's hard for us to grasp that he’s not going to be there when we all come back in two weeks," another coach tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're just dumbfounded." (Read more Pokemon Go stories.)

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