When Bob Lee, a widely known tech govt who co-founded the fee programme Cash App, was stabbed to demise in April, many inside San Francisco’s close-knit tech group lept to conclusions, with figures like Elon Musk declaring the demise one other signal of town’s persistent, if usually misunderstood, struggles with random road crime.
What truly occurred, in keeping with prosecutors and associates of Lee, couldn’t be farther from this authentic narrative.
Lee was a part of an underground celebration scene in San Francisco recognized amongst members as “The Lifestyle,” the place leisure medication and informal intercourse have been widespread, members and people who knew Lee advised The Wall Street Journal.
One of the individuals Lee overlapped with inside San Francisco nightlife was Khazar Momeni, sister of Nima Momeni, the person arrested in April for Lee’s homicide. He plans to plead not responsible.
Lee and Ms Momeni, who’s married, have been reportedly in an informal relationship.
“There are many rumors circulating around this case, many of them untrue,” attorneys for Ms Momeni advised the Journal. “Ms. Momeni loves and supports her brother. What happened here is a tragedy, and Ms. Momeni is deeply saddened at the suffering of the Lee family as they deal with their terrible loss.”
In the hours earlier than Lee was killed, Mr Momeni confronted Lee about his sister, prosecutors allege, asking if she had accomplished something inappropriate, which he denied.
Later, in keeping with officers, Khazar Momeni despatched Lee a textual content message acknowledging the confrontation: “Just wanted to make sure your doing ok Cause know nima came wayyyyyy down hard on you.”
Hours after the alleged confrontation, Lee was seen getting right into a white BMW with Mr Momeni, and prosecutors allege he drove the tech govt to a secluded space and stabbed him to demise with a kitchen knife.
The Independent has contacted Mr Momeni’s lawyer for remark.
Lee had been utilizing cocaine and ketamine earlier than his demise, an post-mortem discovered.
Mr Momeni, an IT govt, will probably be arraigned later his month.