Pokemon GO: First ‘Pokemon trainer’ dead; safety warnings raised by authorities

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Pokemon GO: First ‘Pokemon trainer’ dead; safety warnings raised by authorities

The first reported Pokemon GO death has been confirmed in Guatemala. The teenagers were ambushed while playing the mobile game as they searched the streets of Chiquimula for the elusive Pokémon characters.

Jerson Lopez de Leon, 18, fatally shot by a group of gun-wielding robbers while his 17-year-old cousin Daniel Moises Picen was injured after having a gun shot in the feet.

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The mother of Lopez, Rosalinda, said she wished her son never left their home just to play Pokemon GO.

“I don’t know why my son left the house,” she told the Independent. “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.”

Jerson died in the hospital while his cousin was treated for his shot on the feet and expected to recover soon.

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Police consider the fact that the murder was a mobile phone robbery in which the men in a color white agricultural van was pulled up next to them and fire on Jerson and Daniel as they played the game.

Almost 20 bullet casings were found at the scene of the crime and police are now looking for a white van that was seen fleeing the scene.

The death look likes to be the first connected to the Pokemon GO game, though there is no suggestion that it actually had any connection to what happened.

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Amidst the popularity of the mobile game, Pokemon GO, Fans are high on the excitement of finding the popular “Pocket Monsters,” but this game already caused a lot of problems throughout the world.

The Daily Mail stated some problems caused by the said mobile app and one of those is Rescuers had to be called out to help a group of 20 teenagers playing the game in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they pinched a boat and rowed to the middle of a lake. In Florida, USA, a homeowner shot two Pokemon GO players after mistakenly thought they were burglars.

Meanwhile, Bosnian gamers have been advised to avoid roving into areas still littered with landmines while hunting Pokemon. In Indonesia, police have been restricted not to play Pokemon Go while on service and military personnel will soon be restricted also from the game.

Authorities warned people to be cautious in playing the game to avoid injuries and other related problems.

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