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One of the co-founders of the Kickstarted 3D peripheral device, the Oculus Rift, was killed during an outburst of gang violence between police and suspects. Rift's Andrew Scott Reisse ended up becoming a collateral victim of the altercation during a high-speed police chase.
According to multiple websites and reports, things started when police approached a vehicle containing the suspects that eventually turned into a fatal shooting between police and gang members. After downing the officer, the suspects fled in a Dodge Charger, speeding through red lights until they happened upon the 33-year-old Andrew Scott Reisse, who died as a result of the violence that took place between police and the gang members, as reported by ABC's local news in Los Angeles, California.
Oculus Rift sent out a public statement regarding the tragic incident, noting...
"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family,"
Many gamers are probably more familiar with Reisse's work on the 3D virtual reality headset and the advanced technological properties it brings with it. The Rift has been highly praised throughout the gaming industry and even the tech world at large. Reisse's work, at least, was not done in vain and the legacy of his engineering brilliance will live on.
Counseling is being offered to co-workers who may still be suffering trauma after discovering that one of their cohorts was deceased.
You can learn more about Andrew Scott Reisse and his work on the Rift, with a specially dedicated memoriam from the company and the entire team over on the official Oculus Rift website.