36-year-old Theresa Velasquez is the latest victim identified in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida
Miami-Dade County, Florida, police recovered Velasquez’s body on July 8 in the rubble of the 12-story Florida condo that killed at least 97 people when it collapsed on June 24, authorities said Saturday.
Live Nation issued the following statement on Saturday:
“Our hearts break for the loss of our beloved Theresa Velasquez, her parents Angela and Julio, and everyone taken far too soon in the tragic accident in Surfside, FL. Theresa was an impassioned leader at Live Nation, who elevated every project she was part of, at the same time breaking down barriers for women, and the LGBTQIA+ community. We will always remember and honor the impact she made, and will miss her dearly.“
Velasquez was identified among the missing soon after the collapse. She had arrived in Miami on June 23 to visit her parents, Angela Maria, 60, and Julio Cesar Velasquez, 67, who lived in the condo.
On June 25, Live Nation CEO and president Michael Rapino took to social media with prayers for Velasquez. He wrote on Twitter at the time:
According the police report quoted by AP, Velasquez becomes the 95th fatality identified in the collapse. The bodies of her parents were identified earlier in the recovery process. The building was demolished 11 days after the collapse.
Velasquez began her career as a nightclub DJ in Miami Beach. She “eventually grew into a globally touring DJ/Producer for Matinee USA and various events including SuperMartXé, Circuit Music Festival, White Party, Aqua Girl, Mysteryland USA, Electric Zoo and more. In 2011, Theresa teamed up with Grammy -nominated DJ Hector Fonseca and started her own label, Audio4Play. Theresa’s individual productions and label releases are supported by international stars such as Natasha Beddingfield, Carmen Electra, The Scissor Sisters, W&W, John Dish and Kryder. Audio4Play leads the LGBT nightlife scene showcasing today’s hottest up and coming talent in nightlife.
“Performing music and touring as a DJ inspired Theresa to learn about the business side of the industry as well. After earning a Music Business degree from NYU, Theresa then went on to work for major promoter/entertainment companies such as Sony Music, LiveStyle and most recently, Live Nation Entertainment. In her current role with Live Nation, Theresa works across various mobile & technology industries forging multi-year strategic partnerships that leverage the latest digital and experiential technologies in live music. From VR to live streaming and much more, Theresa and her team are finding innovative new ways to connect fans and brands across the globe to the power of live music.”
Velasquez held a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and master’s degree in music business from New York University.