Pokemon Go First Death Case Confirmed: Teen Shot While Looking For Creatures

Pokemon Go First Death Case Confirmed: Teen Shot While Looking For Creatures
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Weeks after the extremely popular gaming app Pokemon Go was released, several stories of crazy things that happened to people while using the app have surfaced. In Guatemala, however, a teen who was reportedly shot to death while trying to catch a monster.


The victim, Jerson Lopez de Leon, 17, was not shot merely for playing the game. Instead, the victim, who was playing with his 17-year-old cousin, was ambushed by still unidentified assailant while they were playing the app, the Independent reported.

De Leon and his cousin were searching for Pokemons on a street in Chiquimula, outside of Guatemala City. The duo was following the railway when they were ambushed by the suspects. Responding authorities recovered at least 20 empty shells of bullets.

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According to the same report, the victims were tracked by the suspects using the app’s GPS. De Leon was brought to the hospital, but was declared dead by the attending physicians, while his cousin, is still recovering from the injuries he sustained from the shooting incident.

De Leon’s mother said her son was already in bed when his cousin texted him to go out of the house to catch some Pokemons. She did not expect her son would die that way.

“I don’t know why my son left the house. He was already in bed when his cousin sent him a message asking him to go out and download a game a few blocks from the house,” the mother said as quoted by the Independent.

However, a report from the Mirror, showed a different version of the story. According to the report, the two were playing the app when they decided to break into someone’s house in order to catch a creature. A report from NDTV said the killing was a result of a gang war.

As of press time, there has been no report confirming about the true motive behind the shooting.

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