Family & Friends Mourn The Loss Of Grooveshark Director
GAINESVILLE - A top employee at a Gainesville based company was shot and killed this weekend. We begin tonight with the developing story out of Tampa, as people are now learning of death of the Director of International Sales for Grooveshark.
Grooveshark is a free online music streaming service that got started by three undergraduates from the University of Florida. About two and a half years ago, Eddy Vasquez came on board. His co-workers and friends say he was a strong force in the company and they are devastated by his death.
It is a collection of grieving people that say how much they will miss Eddy Vasquez, especially his father, Wilson Vasquez. "As a father I'm very proud, very proud because he never gave me not even a small problem," Wilson said.
Vasquez was the Director of International Sales for Grooveshark. A company based out of Gainesville. A Grooveshark intern, Ian Mitchell remembers him fondly. "Most of us would go out one maybe two nights of the week all as Grooveshark and Eddy was always there. Always had something nice to say... Everybody knew him. I don't think you could find somebody in the world who had a bad word to talk about Eddy. He was just one of those people, who really really good."
While visiting St. Petersburg, Vasquez was shot in the chest after a verbal argument with Andres Torres. Torres was arrested at his apartment and a firearm was recovered. "It's awful cause Eddy is a young guy like we're all young and we don't think that we're not going to see each other again and the fact that he was murdered is just unbelievable... I just really can't believe it," Mitchell said.
Grooveshark, devastated by the loss released a statement that reads: "Grooveshark as a company mourns the tragic loss of one of its employees, Eddy D. Vasquez. Mr. Vasquez was visiting friends and family in the Tampa Bay area over the weekend when he fell victim to a senseless act of violence."
Vasquez's father says he is proud of his son and that it’s hard to let go. "An ambitious kid. He wants, he put in a goal and he got it. That was the kid that I had, and that's the kid I lost," Wilson added.
According to police reports, Torres was not cooperative with detectives and is charged with 2nd degree homicide. Police have not said what was the cause of the argument or if Vasquez and Torres knew each other.
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