San Francisco authorities: Passengers on smartphones didn't notice man with gun before slaying

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 9, 2013 - 8:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The young man, just 20, stepped off the train. Another man followed him, pulling out a gun. There was a single shot, startling the preoccupied commuters. Justin Valdez fell, gasping and screaming for help as he died, a bullet to his head.

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bracystakeOct. 10, 13 1:34 PM

This lack of awareness is prevalent even on our own metro transit system. Took the Northstar one afternoon and didn't have my cell. I was in a train car with maybe two or three empty seats remaining and I was the only person without some sort of device. Eerie to be in a packed room and no one even knows the other is there.

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exrepublicanOct. 12, 1312:10 AM

Social skills were getting worse before smart phones and tablets became so popular; I remember speaking to young men who complained they could not get a girlfriend, but they had the verbal communication and social skills of stone. Since these devices have gotten so much more popular, this has gotten far worse. Watch people in their cars, in line at the store, or walking down the street; they are so completely absorbed in their Facebook account or their text that they do not even speak to the people around them. I don't know where this trend will go, but it is not normal or natural.

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