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A game turned tragic for a New Mexico 21-year-old who was playing Pokémon Go with her boyfriend when the pair stumbled on a robbery Saturday night.
Cayla Campos was shot in the back of the head and killed as she tried to drive away from the scene.
Campos and her boyfriend had been playing Pokémon Go around 11:50 p.m. at Bianchetti Park when they saw two people robbing someone in a vehicle, Albuquerque Police said.
“(Campos) turned her car around to leave the area when multiple shots were fired into her vehicle,” police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos told The Albuquerque Journal.
One of the gunshots struck Campos in the back of the head and she lost control of her car, crashing into a nearby home, local station KOB reports.
“I heard a great big bang and thought it was thunder,” neighbor Karen Johnson told the local paper of the crash.
Campos—who planned on becoming an oral surgeon—died at an area hospital.
Authorities are now searching for the two suspects in the case and have urged anyone with information to come forward. Investigators believe the two vehicles involved in the robbery were a red sports car and a silver four-door sedan.
As the investigation into the death continues, Campos’ family and friends have been left grief-stricken by the sudden loss of a woman with so much promise.
“She has helped me through everything, and she has always been there,” her best friend Cody Bell told KRQE. “Now, she is gone.”
Bell said it was not uncommon for Campos and her boyfriend to stop at the park to play the game because the park was right near their apartment building.
“She was just such an amazing person,” he said of his friend of about eight years. “She was my closest friend. I am just devastated that she is gone.”
Her father Carl Campos also posted an emotional message on Facebook after his daughter’s death, saying he didn’t know how he would go on without her. The message was posted alongside a picture of Campos smiling in a white cap and gown.
“Most of you know already for those who I couldn’t reach, we lost our baby Cayla last night in a shooting,” he wrote. “She was murdered in cold blood in Albuquerque NM. Anyone that new her knows we lost a very special person. You’ll never leave my mind baby!”
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