Woman Killed After Witnessing Robbery While Playing Pokémon Go

Woman Killed After Witnessing Robbery While Playing Pokémon Go
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21-year-old Cayla Campos has been shot and killed after witnessing an armed robbery in Albuquerque, New Mexico last Friday. Campos had been playing Pokémon Go in her car when the shooting occurred.

As local station KRQE report, Campos and her boyfriend had a regular Friday night routine where they’d get in their car, drive to a park near their apartment and play some Pokémon Go.

Last week, however, while playing they saw “two individuals committing a robbery against an unidentified party seated in a vehicle”. As Campos tried to drive off after witnessing the crime, the robbers fired “multiple shots” at her car, one of the bullets “striking Campos in the back of her neck”.

She was rushed to a local hospital but died shortly afterwards.

A suspect has not been named.


  • There is no reason she deserved to die. Playing Pokemon Go didn’t cause this, the criminals behind the trigger did

    • Exactly, this isn’t anything to do with video games, she and her boyfriend just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and spooked two people who didn’t want any witnesses.

      • Oh the body of the article doesn’t suggest playing the game will kill you, but people can read headlines, and as stupid as they are, will say “pokemon go will get you killed”

    • Might as well read “Tragic mistake as woman dares to step outside of her house and is shot dead.”

      People should have a right to feel safe on their streets.

  • You know I always cop shit for saying capital punishment should definitely be a thing, but I think if you shit enough to shoot a witness to a crime you are committing you are shit enough to be permanently removed from society.

    • The problem being, I think, that in a situation where a criminal has already committed a capital crime, what does another one matter to them? They can’t be sentenced to death twice, but they might escape punishment entirely if they get away – so the intended deterrent effect creates situations where, once a criminal has reached a certain threshold of criminality, there’s actually an incentive for them to commit further crimes. Same argument for three strikes too I guess.

        • But it encourages them to commit more crimes before they’re arrested.

          If you’re going to be sentenced to death, why not kill every potential witness moving forward? Odds are, this was a panic move.

          On top of that, the core problem with capital punishment remains. What if the very fallible system we have gets it wrong?

      • Sometimes I wonder if there should be escalating punishement for reoffenders. At some point you’ve got to ask yourself the question; Should these people have a place in society any longer?

        • Yeah, the US three strikes law is basically that. Same issue though, it’s impossible to serve two life sentences. If someone has two prior convictions and they’re about to get arrested for a third offence, the same incentive pops up again.

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