Theresa Velasquez, senior vice president of strategic partners for global entertainment company Live Nation, was identified as one of the victims of the June 24 Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Velasquez, 36, was visiting her parents, Julio and Angela Velasquez, who owned a condo on the third floor. They also died when the building collapsed. Velasquez’s body was recovered on July 8.
“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,” Live Nation told Variety in a statement. “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.”
Prior to her role as an executive at Live Nation, Velasquez was reportedly the director of global brand partnerships at SFX Entertainment and worked in the U.S. Latin division of the marketing department at Sony Music. She was also the founder and a DJ for Audio4Play, Inc.
As of July 17, the confirmed total of people who have died in the collapse stands at 97, with 95 identified — with a majority of the victims being Latinx. According to NBC News, some of the victims are originally from South America, including Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Over the last few weeks, the U.S. government has been working to provide emergency visas for families of those who have died in the collapse living outside of the United States.