Man, 20, killed while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco


A 20-year-old man originally from Lowell was shot and killed in a park in San Francisco Saturday night while playing Pokemon Go.

According to family members, Riley was playing the game when someone came up and shot him and ran away. There was nothing said back and forth. "Just came up, shot him in the back, and ran away".

Investigators believe that because the shooting happened near a busy tourist attraction, there may be witnesses, the AP reported.

However the motive remains a mystery, with U.S. Park Police detective Sgt. Robert Jansing noting that the gunman made no attempt to rob Riley.

Players go out in real world locations in search of the game's Pokemon pocket monsters.

Nonetheless, the game has added to the draw of parks and tourist attractions where players visit in hopes of catching Pokemon creatures.

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Calvin's family moved to the San Francisco area from a high crime East Coast city for a better quality of life.

"The U.S. Park police are definitely on alert and I think it's fair to say they will be paying closer attention to this area. He was a great kid, a great competitor", San Joaquin Delta College head coach Reed Peters said.

The staff of the school also posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying, "Our Serra community just received the tragic news of the death of recent Serra graduate Calvin Riley".

The family have established a GoFundMe account to help pay for Riley's funeral, which at the time of writing had raised nearly $35,000.

"You had all the mechanics, talent and dedication to make your dreams a reality", Riley's cousin, Gabriel Antonio Morales wrote on the GoFundMe page. We all love you cal.