I’m sorry, Gaming Dead readers, but we’ve been met with some very difficult news today.
ABC 7 reports that 33-year-old Andrew Scott Reisse, computer graphics engineer and co-founder of upcoming virtual reality video game headset, the Oculus Rift, was struck by a Dodge Charger sometime yesterday carrying gang members who were fleeing the scene of a crime.
Police were sent to investigate suspicious activity at the 1000 block of Rosewood Court on Thursday, May 30, 2013, where 26 year-old Gerardo Diego Ayala had been gunned down in a shooting. The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old male, Victor Sanchez, and two other passengers who are still to remain unidentified as of this moment, hit two cars before claiming its last victim after running several red lights while trying to evade punishment for their crimes. Sanchez is now recovering in the hospital for injuries sustained through his and his accomplices’ stupidity.
According to Joystiq, CEO Brandon Iribe and Chief Software developer Michael Antonov issued a heartfelt statement on behalf of the Oculus VR corporation and as friends of Reisse, which reads that Riesse:
“…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… 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… Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.”"
A grief counselor has been making the rounds in the Oculus VR offices, helping those close to Reisse cope with the ensuing tragedy that has befallen a great technological revolutionary, some of whom have been with him since college, and possibly even before then.
Gaming Dead sends its thoughts and prayers out to those friends and family left to mourn the victims of this terrible incident. We hope that you are able to find a way to forgive the suspects for their sins, and wish you all the goodwill in the world in helping you to overcome this terrible tragedy. God bless you all.