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Calling for Prosecution of the Killer of the Unarmed 60-Year-Old Pokémon Go Player

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On the night of January 26, 2017, a 60-year-old grandpa left his house to play Pokémon Go, but he never made it back. He was shot and killed by the community security guard while sitting inside his minivan at the parking lot of the community clubhouse where he was a member.

Chesapeake Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kelly Elliott told NBC News that Jiansheng Chen was not armed with any weapon when he was shot. At least 5 bullet holes were visible in the windshield, concentrated right in front of the driver’s seat, based on pictures taken by the media.

Jiansheng Chen was a retired chef who lived with his family at the River Walk Community in Chesapeake, Virginia. Chen enjoyed playing Pokémon Go, a popular GPS based virtual reality game, as a way to engage with his grandchildren. The community clubhouse has a “gym” in the game, where players need to stay put in one location to train the Pokémons.

Chen’s family was devastated by his death. They were gathering to celebrate Chinese New Year. Chen was described as a kind, wise, and caring family man. The Community Association stated that it has "a contract for unarmed roving patrol services,” so the family could not make sense why the security guard was armed with a gun.

It has been two weeks since the shooting, and the killer has not been arrested nor his name been released due to ongoing investigations. The deeply concerned people across the country started a volunteer group to help the family navigate through the extremely difficult time.

Please join us in calling on Nancy Parr, Commonwealth's Attorney, to conduct a timely investigation into the case and prosecute the security guard for the shooting and killing of Jiansheng Chen. Together, we will bring justice for Jiansheng Chen, his family and the society as a whole.


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