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Oculus VR Founding Member Killed by Escaping Gang Members

Andrew Reisse (shown in the center withthe tan shirt) with the Oculus VR Team

Andrew Reisse (shown in the center withthe tan shirt) with the Oculus VR Team

On Thursday May 30th 2013 in Santa Ana California, an altercation between the police and “two vehicles full of people” escalated into a police involved shooting and a subsequent car chase. While attempting to flee in a Dodge Charger, Victor Sanchez and two other suspects hit two cars resulted in hitting a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was later identified as Andrew Scott Reisse, a founding member of Oculus VR and accomplished graphics programmer. Reisse was on an evening walk in his neighborhood when he was struck by the vehicle and died on the scene before the police arrived. Oculus VR had grief counsellors on site for anyone in need and released the following statement to the local ABC news:

Andrew Reisse (shown on the right with the yellow shirt) and others testing out the Oculus Rift

Andrew Reisse (shown on the right with the yellow shirt) and others testing out the Oculus Rift

“Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family. Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world.”
-Brendan Iribe & Michael Antonov, Co- Founders of Oculus VR

This tragedy has cut short a brilliant career that was destined to lead the next generation of electronic entertainment. I, as well as Gamer’s News Network, extend condolences to Reisse’s friends and family as well as the Oculus VR team.

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