Teen killed after using app to track lost smartphone

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Find my iPhone is a useful feature, but people should contact the police if they fear for their safety.
Find my iPhone is a useful feature, but people should contact the police if they fear for their safety.
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There are plenty of great stories about people using the Find my iPhone feature to track down and reclaim stolen iOS devices. However, a story which emerged this week shows the tragic flipside of that phenomenon.

18-year-old Brampton, Ontario native Jeremy Cook died from multiple gunshot wounds after tracking down his lost phone, and then confronting the three men who had taken it.

Victim Jeremy Cook was gunned down while tracking down his smartphone.
Victim Jeremy Cook was gunned down while tracking down his smartphone.

Cook reportedly had no connection to his attackers, and was not even aware that his phone had been stolen — having accidentally left it in a taxi cab. Unfortunately when he traced the location of the phone it led him to the three men who gunned down the teenager.

Police are still looking for the murderers who are described as being black and between the ages of 18-21, with one having worn a white shirt with black design, one a black jacket or shirt and fitted hat, and one a blue shirt and black hat. The shooting took place late Sunday afternoon.

“Nobody could ever predict that what occurred was going to occur in that case,” London Police Constable Ken Steeves told The Canadian Press. “But if you suspect there’s any potential for violence at all, we certainly encourage people to contact police. We’d be more than happy to come out and investigate with the hopes of retrieving the phone.”

Cult of Mac sends it condolences to Jeremy Cook’s family and friends.

Source: CBC